Gun­ning for a fight

Ce­cile’s plan blows up when her ex Vince hauls her to court.

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Beleef chef Vince (Jac­ques Blig­naut) has been pour­ing ev­ery ounce of his be­ing into his fight to see his son Christopher (who isn’t seen on­screen). And it seems that his lawyer An­dré (Mar­cus Muller) has built a strong enough case to beat Chris’s mom Ce­cile (Chan­tal Stan­field) and get Vince ac­cess to his child. But Ce­cile, who at first re­fused point blank to let Vince any­where near their son, beats them to the punch on Wed­nes­day 12 April with a pro­pos­sal that may let Vince be a fa­ther at last.

SPANNER IN THE WORKS

The day starts with Vince’s tem­per slowly ris­ing while he and An­dré work through ev­ery pos­si­ble ques­tion that Ce­cile’s no-non­sense lawyer Lesedi (KB Mot­si­lanyane) could ask him in a court sce­nario. “This sit­u­a­tion is ex­tremely per­sonal for Vince,” says Jac­ques. “It’s dif­fi­cult for him to con­trol his anger be­cause he feels be­trayed by Ce­cile and hard-done-by. She’s kept his son from him this en­tire time.” Vince re­alises that he needs to be cool, calm and col­lected if this reaches court be­cause any outburst of ag­gres­sion will por­tray him in a neg­a­tive light and make it eas­ier for Ce­cile and Lesedi to beat him.

Court is the last op­tion though and first Vince and Ce­cile will have a me­di­a­tion ses­sion. If an agree­ment can’t be found there, they’ll do bat­tle in front of a judge and that’s what Vince is pre­pared for. What he isn’t ex­pect­ing is for his baby­mama to walk through Beleef’s doors just as Vince and his brother Justin (Dann-Jaques Mou­ton) are clos­ing. “Vince is dumb­stuck by Ce­cile’s of­fer,” says Jac­ques. “Vince can see his son… on con­di­tion that he gets into a re­la­tion­ship with Ce­cile again.” That puts the wannabe-dad in a tight spot, not least be­cause he’s des­per­ate to spend time with Christopher, but there’s also the small mat­ter of his lov­ing wife Bonita (Hilde­gardt Whites).

FOLKS IN A FACE-OFF

It’s an easy choice for Vince and he isn’t go­ing to com­pro­mise his mar­riage, even to see Christopher. Be­sides, he’s ready to fight Ce­cile in a court of law and if he wins, he sees his boy and still have Bonita at his side. The me­di­a­tion process kicks off on Fri­day 14 April and Jac­ques says that “it’s just Vince, Ce­cile and a so­cial worker around the ta­ble but the ten­sion is so thick that you can cut it with a knife”. Ce­cile plays the vic­tim like a pro and by the end of the meet­ing, it’s clear that court is the only op­tion. There will be blood on Tues­day 18 April when An­dré and Lesedi square off, but whose is the ques­tion?

Ce­cile is try­ing to con Vince again.

Bonita is part of Ce­cile’s scheme.

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