Uzalo

Stripped of con­trol and re­spect, Lindiwe Xulu falls for the first pow­er­ful man who comes her way.

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Not only did Lindiwe Xulu (Dawn Than­deka King) man­age to es­cape the Sun­ny­hill asylum fire on Thurs­day 9 March, it looks like she’s go­ing to es­cape jus­tice too when the mur­der case against her is tossed out of court on Wed­nes­day 15 March. But the crowned queen of KwaMashu is step­ping out into a world where her throne has been top­pled. “So­ci­ety and the com­mu­nity look at Lindiwe as an un­sta­ble per­son. Peo­ple no longer have the re­spect for her that they had be­fore,” ex­plains Dawn. “She has no fight in her when she has just left the in­sti­tu­tion.” And like her daugh­ter Nosipho (Nom­pilo Maphumulo), Lindiwe finds a dan­ger­ous man to cling to in the wreck­age of her life – Nkunzi (Ma­soja Msiza).

A BRO­KEN CROWN

Lindiwe once held KwaMashu in her hands as the wife of a rich, dan­ger­ous man – Muzi Xulu (Mpumelelo Bhu­lose) – and then as a ruth­less busi­ness owner in her own right. And while the scan­dal about her mur­der­ing Nkosi­nathi Mdlet­she (Sipho Mh­longo) in early 2016 is ter­ri­ble, it’s the stay in Sun­ny­hill insane asylum that strips her of any pro­tec­tion she had in so­ci­ety. “I think when she es­capes, she re­alises when she reaches the out­side world that peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of her has changed,” says Dawn. “Au­to­mat­i­cally, once a per­son has men­tal ill­ness, peo­ple look at you in a dif­fer­ent way and they don’t take you se­ri­ously. Peo­ple who knew her as a strong and pow­er­ful woman now no longer look at her like that. Peo­ple no longer have that re­spect for her that they had be­fore. That takes away the power that she has in the com­mu­nity. It makes her very vul­ner­a­ble.”

GIV­ING HER­SELF AWAY

With her own power gone, the only thing that Lindiwe knows how to do is to tuck her­self un­der the wing of the first pow­er­ful man who comes her way – and that’s Nkunzi, who’s had his eye on her ever since he vis­ited her in the asylum to try to buy her house in Fe­bru­ary. “It makes her vul­ner­a­ble to­ward this man she doesn’t know,” points out Dawn, “and this makes her seek for him to pro­tect her. She hands over her power to Nkunzi be­cause she feels vul­ner­a­ble with so­ci­ety judg­ing her.” Lindiwe’s des­per­a­tion prompts her to move much too fast with Nkunzi and sees her kiss­ing a man she barely knows on Wed­nes­day 15 March, only to be rocked to her core on Thurs­day 16 March when the door to her for­mer home (now Nkunzi’s house) opens and a strange woman walks in – Nkunzi’s wife In­no­cen­tia (Sthandwa Nzuza).

WIFE STRIFE

Dan­ger­ous times lie ahead for both women. In­no­cen­tia – who’s Nkunzi’s third wife – soon spots some­thing fa­mil­iar hap­pen­ing be­tween her hus­band and this strange woman and on Mon­day 20 March, she tells her daugh­ter Zekheth­elo (Nyal­leng Thibedi) that she’s sure Nkunzi is cheat­ing with Lindiwe. Nkunzi still thinks that he can do as he pleases and on Tues­day 21 March he an­nounces that he’s bring­ing Lindiwe home to live in their new house. At this stage, Nkunzi is fiercely pro­tec­tive of Lindiwe and cus­tomers at his shisanyama had bet­ter look out when he over­hears some­one call­ing her a mur­derer on Thurs­day 23 March. His in­tense re­ac­tion places a crack in the saintly im­age he’s been cul­ti­vat­ing since he came to town. And on Fri­day 24 March his ruth­less­ness comes through again when he warns In­no­cen­tia to keep her hands away from Lindiwe too. But In­no­cen­tia wasn’t born yes­ter­day – she’s ev­ery bit as ruth­less as her hus­band and her re­ac­tion to her un­wel­come house guest on Mon­day 27 March will have Nkunzi re­think­ing his plans…

Lindiwe get­ting this close to Nkunzi is go­ing to lead to trouble.

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