Dam­age con­trol

Strat­egy is king when Banzi’s eye starts wan­der­ing from his wife.

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From the out­side, feisty busi­ness­woman Clau­dia (Chichi Letswalo) is liv­ing ev­ery woman’s dream: she’s wealthy, well put-to­gether and she runs a suc­cess­ful busi­ness em­pire with her dodgy hubby Banzi (Hamil­ton Dlamini). “And Clau­dia will do what­ever it takes to pro­tect this per­fect im­age,” ex­plains Chichi. And she’s not jok­ing about “what­ever it takes”. Clau­dia is sent a photo on her cell­phone on Wed­nes­day 12 April, of Banzi with a mys­tery woman whose face isn’t vis­i­ble. Chichi says that her char­ac­ter goes on a big-time dam­age­con­trol mis­sion. She knows that Banzi has a wan­der­ing eye but she hasn’t caught him. Un­til now… “And it’s mess­ing with her head,” Chichi ex­plains.

KEEP­ING UP AP­PEAR­ANCES

Clau­dia goes on a charm of­fen­sive from Thurs­day 13 April by help­ing her step­daugh­ter Palesa (Tshenolo Se­abi), plan a fundraiser to ben­e­fit stu­dents in need and while she isn’t keen on host­ing the event at her club Pan­ther, Clau­dia agrees to it af­ter some care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion. “She lives to get at­ten- tion,” Chichi ex­plains. “She also knows that peo­ple like those who do char­ity work.” Even if it means be­ing on a team with her daddy’s-girl step­daugh­ter who Clau­dia doesn’t care for. “It’s all be­cause Clau­dia is strate­gic in her think­ing,” says Chichi. “She’s con­stantly work­ing to get Banzi’s val­i­da­tion and she hopes that the fundraiser will win him back from the photo woman.”

WHO’S THAT GIRL?

Banzi’s mys­te­ri­ous mis­tress Am­ber (Carol Mkhwanazi) visits Clau­dia on Mon­day 17 April and pre­tends to be­friend Clau­dia by propos­ing a busi­ness idea. “But she ac­tu­ally wants to get Clau­dia out of the way!” Chichi says. “Am­ber is des­per­ate and will­ing to do any­thing to win Banzi’s heart.” This isn’t the way to do it though be­cause Banzi looks like he’s seen a ghost when he walks in on Mon­day 24 April to find his wife and mis­tress hav­ing a chat. He isn’t sure how much Clau­dia sus­pects or what Am­ber has re­vealed, but it makes him re­alise that fam­ily comes first and while he has his se­crets, Banzi cares about his fam­ily. As Chichi says, “Banzi will do any­thing to keep Am­ber from ru­in­ing his fam­ily.” And when it comes to bad guys, “any­thing” is often “that thing”…

Clau­dia’s in no mood to play games. Banzi’s cheat­ing is go­ing to cause trou­ble for him.

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