Blinded by love

Le­hasa tricks Sonti into giv­ing up her fam­ily’s se­cret nut recipe.

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Sound-minded busi­ness­woman Sonti (Pearl Maimela) is head- over-heels in love with her ma­nip­u­la­tive part­ner Le­hasa (Cedric Fourie) and he’s got her wrapped around his lit­tle fin­ger – she’ll do any­thing to make him happy. So on Wednesday 29 March, he doesn’t have to go to much trou­ble to talk her into sign­ing over the rights to him for her flavoured-nut dis­tri­bu­tion busi­ness. Le­hasa tells Sonti that she’s sign­ing a con­tract to grow her com­pany, but not think­ing clearly, Sonti doesn’t re­alise – or read the fine print – what she’s re­ally do­ing on Mon­day 3 April.

“Sonti is obliv­i­ous to Le­hasa’s dodgy ac­tions,” ex­plains Pearl. “She doesn’t read the con­tract and blindly trusts him be­cause he has all this money that she thinks he will use to build her com­pany.” Ex­cited about the im­mi­nent ex­pan­sion of Sonti M, Sonti ropes in culi­nary stu­dent Katlego (Patrick Seleka) to de­velop some new flavours to com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing line, which in­cludes a Magongwa fam­ily recipe that’s been a closely guarded se­cret all these years and handed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. But Le­hasa re­alises that Kat might ruin his scheme as he isn’t blinded by love like Sonti, so he tells her to drop Kat. “This starts the trou­ble for Sonti, be­cause if there’s one thing that Kat can’t stand, it’s be­trayal,” Pearl ex­plains. “So he care­fully plans for a re­venge plan that will ruin her.”

FAM­ILY & THE LAW

The ink of Sonti’s sig­na­ture hasn’t even dried on Le­hasa’s ques­tion­able con­tract when Kat tells Sonti’s med­dling sis­ter Mapitsi (Mo­gau Motl­hatswi) about it on Mon­day 3 April. “Mapitsi is rag­ing!” Pearl says, es­pe­cially since it comes to light that the se­cret and very pop­u­lar Magongwa recipe has now been sold. “Mapitsi can’t be­lieve that Sonti sold their se­cret.” Mapitsi snubs Sonti and goes straight to tell their dad Me­shack Magongwa (John Mo­ra­pama) and step­mom Glo­ria (Boi­tumelo Motha­bela) of this be­trayal. But cre­at­ing fam­ily drama for Sonti is just part of Kat’s re­venge plan – he also slaps her with a law­suit on Tues­day 4 April. “She promised him that he could share in the prof­its when Sonti M grows, but since Le­hasa now has ma­jor­ity own­er­ship, she no longer has con­trol over the busi­ness,” Pearl says. “Sonti re­alises that she doesn’t have a say, yet she’s be­ing sued and she starts feel­ing over­whelmed and like her world is crum­bling.”

THE NUTCRACKER

Un­der pres­sure, Sonti comes clean to her fam­ily on Thursday 6 April and they try to talk her out of the deal with Le­hasa, but it’s too late. “They’re up­set and wor­ried about her,” Pearl ex­plains. “They want what’s best for Sonti and they know that Le­hasa isn’t good for her.” Sonti left her good- guy boyfriend Of­fi­cer Babeile (Matthews Manamela) in early Fe­bru­ary to be with Le­hasa. “But Le­hasa’s been send­ing her mixed mes­sages – and it’s clear he’s us­ing her to get con­trol of her com­pany,” Pearl adds. On Mon­day 10 April, Sonti starts see­ing the light and that Le­hasa isn’t re­ally into her af­ter he lashes out at her for no rea­son. The next day, on Tues­day 11 April, the cracks open wider and Sonti is left in a tricky po­si­tion af­ter “Le­hasa leaves her hu­mil­i­ated. Her life is in ru­ins be­cause she’s let her sup­port­ive fam­ily (and ex-boyfriend) down. There’s no telling what’s go­ing to hap­pen with her,” teases Pearl.

Mapitsi’s fu­ri­ous with her sis­ter. Sonti’s obliv­i­ous to Le­hasa’s evil plan.

Kat is an­gered by Sonti’s bad de­ci­sion.

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