Love in the gym
Romance gets a double work-out at the ASA for two couples.
Things are heating up on Tuesday 4 April when ASA manager Lehasa (Siyabonga Sepotokele) makes it official with athletics coach Odessa (Tahlra Seyed), while ex- cop Eshe and troubled athlete Jade (Swankie Mafoko and Gaosi Raditholo) admit to their feelings. But while the four are happy, others at the gym aren’t.
Meanwhile, ASA gym co-manager Botho (Moliehli Makobane) finds Eshe and Jade’s lesbian relationship hard to accept after seeing the couple’s PDAs on Monday 10 April. There are several reasons why Botho isn’t comfortable with a same-sex relationship, the biggest being that her ex-fiancé and disgraced gym coach Greg (Jacques Bessenger) left her for another man.
Botho adored shady Greg and she didn’t take the news well when she discovered in January that he’s gay. Worse yet, Greg was only engaged to her as a cover so that he could access her investments in the gym. “Eshe and Jade’s relationship is just too close to home for Botho and it brings up all kinds of unpleasant memories for her. She still needs to make peace with what Greg did to her,” adds Siyabonga. “So she avoids the women at all costs and it’s obvious after a while.”
REVENGE IS SWEET
Lehasa loves to flirt, so his now being exclusive with Odessa is causing some outrage with his other interests, including his boss Justice’s (Saint Seseli) youngest daughter Ashanti (Shalima Mkongo) on Tuesday 11 April. “They have had a bit of a thing for each other since they met,” explains Siyabonga, but Lehasa was under orders from his mom Mmamosa (Sonia Mbele) not to date any of Justice’s daughters. “While Lehasa has honoured his mom’s wishes, that hasn’t stopped him from flirting with Ashanti – that’s why she’s frustrated with him now that he’s official with someone else,” says Siyabonga.
Ashanti wants revenge and tries to make Odessa jealous on Tuesday 11 April by cosying up to one of Odessa’s exes – and it works. Odessa spots them and realises that Lehasa must’ve flirted with Ashanti before her and this is her revenge – “Lehasa is in deep trouble!” jokes Siyabonga.
Lehasa and Odessa (inset) dating and Eshe and Jade’s (main) relationship are rubbing people the wrong way.