I want to break free

Lin­coln calls in a favour from Nina to get him out the slam­mer.

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Dis­graced busi­ness­man Lin­coln (Lin­dani Nkosi) is thrown in jail on Mon­day 27 March and the mo­ment the door is slammed shut be­hind him, he starts schem­ing and mak­ing plans for break­ing out. On Thursday 30 March, he’s hatched what he thinks is the per­fect plan – with the best ac­com­plice in town!


And for help, Lin­coln’s turned to the shadi­est woman in The Deep – Nina (Khabon­ina Qubeka). He makes her an of­fer later on Thursday 30 March that she just can’t say no to – a fat pay­cheque for his free­dom. Un­able to re­sist the smell of money, Nina puts in a call that same day to her pri­son con­tact: War­den Mthombeni (Carol Be­hani) – Nina knows that the war­den is in a vul­ner­a­ble fi­nan­cial po­si­tion and could eas­ily be swayed into help­ing out with the prom­ise of cash. “Mthombeni is a hard woman,” Carol ex­plains, “and her hus­band is dis­abled, so she’s keen to get in­volved and hopes to put her re­ward money to­wards phys­io­ther­apy.”


The first jail­break at­tempt takes place on Wednesday 5 April and the plan is for Lin­coln to be­come “sick” (with some help from Mthombeni’s drugs) and for his con­di­tion to de­te­ri­o­rate so badly that he needs to be taken to hos­pi­tal. “On the way to the fa­cil­ity, Mthombeni will as­sist Lin­coln in es­cap­ing,” Carol ex­plains. There’s a hitch though and the guards stop Lin­coln at the gates on Thursday 6 April and be­fore he knows it, he’s in his cell.


Lin­coln re­alises that Mthombeni is his best shot at a suc­cess­ful break­out and he takes advantage of her vul­ner­a­bil­ity on Fri­day 7 April by get­ting up close and per­sonal. “He lets her get in bed with him and he tells her that he will take care of her. He’s ob­vi­ously just us­ing her to get what he wants, which is to get out of pri­son,” adds Carol. Lin­coln’s no fool and re­alises that his plan with Mthombeni isn’t go­ing to hap­pen overnight, so he comes up with another plan on the side. “It in­volves mak­ing friends with the pri­son se­cu­rity guards,” Carol hints, “but it will re­quire a lot of money. A lot more than just the war­den…”

The ladies who’re help­ing Lin­coln es­cape: War­den Mthombeni (top) and Nina. Lin­coln fakes be­ing ill as part of his es­cape.

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