Torn up inside

A scan­dal stands in the way of Uhuru and Thandi’s hap­pi­ness.

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Midrand’s finest wedding plan­ner Thandi (Joanne Reyneke) is al­ways cool, calm and col­lected. Un­til her adop­tive brother Uhuru (Thapelo Mokoena) re­turns home on Tues­day 11 April, that is. “She’s been in love with him since they were teens,” Joanne ex­plains. Now that Uhuru’s back from the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic Of Congo, where the in­ves­tiga­tive journo was held hostage, it’s clear that the feeling is mu­tual. And their fam­ily – the Moswanes – fully sup­port them.

So it should be okay for Thandi and Uhuru to go ahead with their dat­ing, right? Wrong! Ac­cord­ing to Joanne, if Thandi al­lows Uhuru to get too close, the dark se­cret that she’s hid­ing may be re­vealed and “it’s a se­cret that will tear the fam­ily apart and alien­ate ev­ery­one,” Joanne adds. And it’s some­thing that Thandi isn’t will­ing to risk, even if it means los­ing the love of her life [we’ve been sworn to se­crecy about the true na­ture of the scan­dal].

AN­OTHER MAN?

That doesn’t mean that Thandi isn’t con­flicted about her feel­ings though, be­cause as Joanne says, “She’s longed to be with Uhuru for all this time.” So when he asks her out to lunch on Wed­nes­day 12 April, she ac­cepts… only to have sec­ond thoughts and stand him up for their date on Thurs­day 13 April. While Thandi tries to keep her dis­tance, Uhuru thinks that she’s play­ing hard to get, so he sur­prises her at the of­fice on Tues­day 18 April. Uhuru finds Thandi hav­ing a chat with her best friend Lebo (Le­hasa Moloi), who’s a pho­tog­ra­pher at Thandi’s wedding plan­ning busi­ness Yours Truly Con­cepts. “He goes crazy,” Joanne ex­plains. “Uhuru is threat­ened by Lebo and Thandi’s friend­ship and he thinks that ‘some­thing’s go­ing around here’, but he’s got it all wrong – they’re just friends. But he doesn’t un­der­stand that and wants them apart so that he can have Thandi all to him­self.”

GET IT OUT

Thandi’s still not quite over Uhuru’s outburst when anony­mous gifts start ar­riv­ing for her on Wed­nes­day 19 April. She wants to know who they’re from and sus­pect­ing that it’s her brother lover, she ar­ranges to meet with Uhuru the next day on Thurs­day 20 April. She also wants to con­front him about the al­ter­ca­tion that he had with Lebo and the rage that she saw in him. “It hurts her to see him this an­gry,” Joanne says, as Thandi re­alises that Uhuru’s anger masks his feel­ings for her. She feels the same and “keep­ing this se­cret from Uhuru is eat­ing her alive, but it’s bet­ter to keep it than de­stroy their fam­ily”.

Uhuru’s got the hots for his adopted sis­ter Thandi. Uhuru hits out at Lebo for talk­ing to Thandi.

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