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.”
TURN FOR THE WORSE
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.
WORRY ALL AROUND
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.