Siseko and Neo will make a meal of Romeo if he doesn’t dodge their teeth.
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Living at The Newtonian is getting a little… uncomfortable for charming conman Romeo (Hungani Ndlovu). On the plus side, it’s handy for work: there’s generally a rich guest around who can cough up the cash for his “speciality” computer services. But on the down side, sometimes close to work can be too close. On Monday 14 March, Romeo was knocked back after he went a little too far with dangerous ex- con Neo Mokheti (Jerry Mofokeng). But Romeo’s in for a shock when he sounds out his other contact Siseko Langa (Hlomla Dandala) to see if he can play them off against one another on Wednesday 15 March…
PLAYING BOTH SIDES
“It’s very unpredictable,” says Hungani. “It feels like he’s always on his toes with what’s going to happen. Hence, Romeo is playing both cards with Siseko and
Neo.” In Romeo’s ideal scenario, he’d get back his stake in The Newtonian from Neo. “Once he gets that, whatever happens with Neo – whether he dies or goes to jail for a life sentence, whether he just disappears – that’s totally fine. And the most viable route for Romeo is to get the cops to find out something about Neo.” Who better to get rid of the ex-drug lord than a lawyer with an impeccable public image? Better yet, it’s an image that could be tarnished, if Romeo let slip a truth or two.
BETTER THE DEVIL
But Romeo might find himself without any cards in hand when Siseko seems to suffer a crisis of conscience about the way that he (with Romeo’s help, thank you) framed his secret love Yvonne’s (Kgomotso Christopher) fiancé Damon (Craig Urbani) and set the cops on him at their wedding on Thursday 9 February. “That’s a total throw because that is nowhere close to their plan,” says Hungani. “Maybe Siseko’s bad side isn’t as bad as Romeo had thought. So maybe now he needs to correct things and sort it out before things get too bad, because if Siseko does go to the police, it’s the end of Romeo’s life.”
Romeo’s going to need to finesse this now to fool Neo into thinking that he still has Romeo in his pocket on Friday 17 March. “I think the worst thing that Romeo is scared of is being on the wrong side of Neo, because that could mean the end of his life or the end of his mother’s life,” says Hungani. “That’s as extreme as it can get. So that’s why Romeo presses a few buttons with Neo, just to see how far he can go. That’s why he keeps trying to convince Neo that he’s on the same side as him, by giving him little bits of gossip about Siseko.”
But an alliance with Neo isn’t as a viable long-term plan. Not when Romeo is so comfortable hiding in the shadows, while Neo is the sort of guy who hires assassins and pulls out a gun at a public wedding. “Obviously that just shows him that Neo truly and honestly hasn’t changed one bit,” says Hungani. “It just confirms his suspicions: Neo isn’t the good guy that he claims to be. There’s no positive thought that comes from anything about Neo from Romeo’s side.” At some point, Neo is going to have to go. And whose name keeps coming up in Romeo’s mess? Yvonne. “You know when you’re eating at a restaurant and there’s a fly that you can’t get rid of? It just doesn’t go. She’s that person,” jokes Hungani.
When Romeo (right) realises that Siseko won’t let him play Siseko off against Neo…
…he’s forced to try his luck with the big bad wolf himself.