Azwindini refuses to part with his sacred land but KK has a couple of sneaky tricks up his sleeve.
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Chief Azwindini (Gabriel Temudzani) is traditional through and through and the Thathe ruler believes that one day his children will inherit everything of his. That includes things that he’s built, like properties and businesses, and his spiritual devotion to the ancestors. Something he didn’t count on though was his business rival KK (MacDonald Ndou) going behind his back to buy an impor-tant piece of land on Friday 17 March.
TRADITION vs MODERN
As Gabriel explains, his character “is strongly connected to the ancestors. KK has shown up and he’s after these sacred lands that are owned by the royal Mukwevho family. He’s a businessman and wants to build a holiday resort on the grounds”. There’s no way that Azwindini is going to allow anyone, least of all KK, disrupt or damage the land and potentially upset the ancestors. Knowing that, KK asks a younger Mukwevho family member to sell him sections of the land on Friday 17 March. “These younger Mukwevho family members who no longer live in Thathe are city kids,” says Gabriel. “They are educated and no longer subscribe to traditional beliefs, so to them these lands aren’t sacred. KK is able to twist these family members’ arms and get what he wants by buying them off. That would never happen with Azwindini because the chief believes in superstitions and respecting the ancestors at all costs.”
According to Azwindini’s witchdoctor Mulimisi (Humbulani Tsharani), if KK interferes with the sacred land, there will be trouble from the ancestors. The shrewd businessman has no interest in the mambo jumbo that Azwindini and his sangoma are talking about, but he should’ve taken a moment to consider that the warnings are real, because strange things start happening around KK on Monday 20 March.
“KK feels like he’s losing his mind because he sees owls dying, which isn’t a good omen and then he becomes temporarily blind,” says Gabriel. The next day, on Tuesday 21 March, KK accuses Azwindini of witchcraft, claiming that the chief is behind the dark events going on with KK. Gabriel adds that “KK is a businessman at the end of the day and he will use every trick in the book to get what he wants. His first reaction is to blame Azwindini but KK, who comes from a traditional belief system himself, knows that this is actually the warning from the ancestors like Mulimisi foretold.”
PITY THE FOOL
Azwindini decides to put an end to KK’s nonsense accusations on Wednesday 22 March by having the police arrest him. Lucky for KK though, Azwindini has a change of heart and lets him go, as Gabriel explains. “KK and Azwindini have a history of bad blood. They can’t get along but Azwindini takes pity on KK and lets him go, knowing well that the ancestors and spirits will take care of protecting the sacred lands.”
Azwindini is ready for a fight when KK bursts in.
KK accuses his enemy of dark magic to stop his business deal with the sacred land.