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