Supernatural happenings have Thandaza in fighting mode.
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Businesswoman Thandaza’s (Sindi Dlathu) life has slowly been getting back on track since escaping a religious cult in March 2016, as has her marriage to Ranthumeng (Brian Temba). But their happiness came under attack from Monday 13 March when a series of strange things start happening in the Mokoena house. On Friday 17 March, Thandaza goes as white as a ghost when she realises who’s behind the disturbing events: Mam-Prophet (Phumzile Mlangeni), the leader of her former cult.
SYMBOLS & SIGNS
Brian explains that the family’s in an uncomfortable position: “They come home from an outing [on Wednesday 15 March] and find dead flowers in the lounge. Dead flowers aren’t nice. It’s a symbol of death – a very bad omen.” Then a swarm of bees try to attack them on Thursday 16 March. “It’s a scary, almost supernatural occurrence,” says Brian. “They aren’t there to harm anyone. It’s a case of instilling fear.”
The couple suspect that Mam-Prophet could be to blame for their troubles. “They always knew that she’d come back to get revenge,” Brian explains. Ranthu and Thandaza put two and two together on Friday 17 March after realising who they’re up against. “Thandaza shut down Mam-Prophet’s cult and slandered her,” Brian explains. “They just didn’t think that they’d be facing her this soon.” But instead of facing Mam-Prophet head on, they go to the police on Monday 20 March and lay a complaint. “It’s best to leave this to the police,” adds Brian.
LOSING HER MARBLES
Not that someone as powerful and dangerous as Mam-Prophet is fazed by the cops. On Wednesday 22 March, she arrives at the Mokoena house with a warning for Thandaza, which worries Ranthu. “Mam-Prophet won’t murder anyone,” Brian explains. “But she may brainwash a vulnerable Thandaza and convince her to join her cult again. Ranthumeng is concerned because if Mam-Prophet was able to take his wife from him once, she could do it again. And for good this time…”
Ranthu is worried that Mam-Prophet (left) could steal Thandaza again.