Rhythm City

Suf­fo­cate uses his baby daugh­ter as lever­age against Niki.

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Suf­fo­cate (Mduduzi Mabaso) isn’t one to be toyed with and ex-wife Niki (Nolo Phiri) knows that. She’s been hid­ing her re­la­tion­ship with Suffo’s ex-pal Toolkit (Paul Maila) for months and Mduduzi says that “it is a mess!” On Fri­day 17 March, Toolkit tells Suffo that he’d been dat­ing Niki – they broke up shortly in early March while Suffo helped Niki save her brother Bash (Simphiwe Mtshali) from prison. As pay­back, Suffo threat­ens to take his daugh­ter Busi (Thabo Nt­shubela) from Niki if she doesn’t stay away from Toolkit and Mduduzi says that his char­ac­ter “thinks that this will scare Niki and that Toolkit will stay away for good”.

THE BABY’S MINE

To make sure that they get his mes­sage, Suffo de­mands full cus­tody of Busi on Mon­day 20 March. “He’s not just play­ing the jeal­ous ex. Suffo thinks that his daugh­ter isn’t safe around some­one as dan­ger­ous as Toolkit,” Mduduzi says, which is rich since Suffo’s no an­gel him­self. The men fell out in Novem­ber 2016 and Mduduzi re­minds view­ers that “Toolkit was Suffo’s hit­man. He knows that Toolkit wouldn’t hes­i­tate to use Busi for re­venge if needed.”

Suffo or­ders his new right-hand­man Speshil (Say­it­sheni Mdaki) to scare off Toolkit on Tues­day 21 March and Mduduzi teases, “Suffo wants him gone. He doesn’t want Toolkit near his fam­ily and he will do what­ever it takes to make sure that he dis­ap­pears”.

STRONGER APART

Des­per­ate, Niki begs Toolkit to speak to Suffo on Wed­nes­day 22 March and get him to leave Busi with her. “This con­fuses Toolkit be­cause he doesn’t know how to ap­proach his ex-boss,” says Mduduzi. Con­sid­er­ing their al­phamale na­tures, it’s not sur­pris­ing that Toolkit is ag­gres­sive in his ap­proach on Fri­day 24 March. Mduduzi ex­plains that “Suffo isn’t in­ter­ested in talk­ing to Toolkit. He’d rather set­tle this with Niki, who’s lied to him re­peat­edly, so he turns his at­ten­tion to her in­stead”.

Suffo claims on Mon­day 27 March that not only is Niki in­com­pe­tent, she also ru­ined their mar­riage by sleep­ing with Suffo’s brother Themba (Sphamandla Dh­ludhlu) in mid 2016. “Suffo is sad and wants Niki to feel the same,” says Mduduzi. It works and hu­mil­i­ated, Niki pushes ev­ery­one away on Tues­day 28 March, in­clud­ing Toolkit. Mduduzi grins, “Suffo’s good at toy­ing with Niki’s emo­tions. He wants to see her sin­gle again.” Sounds like some­one isn’t quite over his ex de­spite his ac­tions…

Niki and Toolkit come clean to Suffo. The gang­ster is fu­ri­ous that he’s been lied to.

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