Distraught Zama is tak­ing strain in more ways than one.

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Vi­o­lent taxi boss Ju­das (Menzi Ngubane) has put his daugh­ter Zama (Linda Ntoba) through a lot, like lead­ing an armed mob to take her back from the Zun­gus on Thurs­day 2 March. She’s lovesick for Jabu (Pal­lance Dladla) but like star- crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, their love isn’t hap­pen­ing be­cause their fam­i­lies are en­gaged in war. And it’s go­ing to get much worse, ex­plains Linda. “Zama’s got a heart con­di­tion – a med­i­cal con­di­tion and it’s some­thing they’ve been aware of since birth. She never wor­ried too much about it… un­til now.”


On Wed­nes­day 22 March, Zama’s car­di­ol­o­gist tells her that her con­di­tion has be­come worse and that her heart can’t func­tion well enough any­more. It’s be­come so se­ri­ous that she needs a trans­plant ur­gently or else. Up un­til this stage, her heart con­di­tion had been man­aged with treat­ment and she could pretty much live a nor­mal life, says Linda. “But this news has left Zama dev­as­tated.” She weighs up her op­tions on Thurs­day 23 March, but she hasn’t got much time to think.


It’s not just Zama who’s af­fected by her med­i­cal woes. On Fri­day 24 March it be­comes clear that her fam­ily – and her (now-es­tranged) sweet­heart Jabu – are anx­ious about her health as she is be­com­ing phys­i­cally weaker by the day. “Ju­das and his wife Beauty [Thuli Tha­bethe] have come to ac­cept that Zama’s life won’t be easy be­cause of her con­di­tion, but they’ll never stop wor­ry­ing about their lit­tle girl,” Linda says. Jabu’s hit harder by the news and “he’s shocked,” ex­plains the ac­tress. So imag­ine his state of mind on Mon­day 27 March when his beloved’s con­di­tion dips from weak to crit­i­cal, fol­lowed on Tues­day 28 March with Zama need­ing to de­cide on the way for­ward in terms of her treat­ment op­tions.


“She is young, deter­mined and strong enough to sur­vive a mas­sive surgery such as heart surgery… if she de­cides to go that route,” Linda re­veals. The sud­den se­ri­ous­ness of Zama’s con­di­tion has also made her re­flect on some of the life choices she’s made and the ac­tress says that “Zama re­alises that she’s been reck­less with her life at times, but now she needs to slow down and heal. When she heals, so will her heart.”

Jabu’s world falls apart with Zama’s con­di­tion. Zama’s heart is bro­ken, lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively.

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