Love in the gym

Ro­mance gets a double work-out at the ASA for two cou­ples.

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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.

PAST STRUG­GLES

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.

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