Saving the son

Su­san’s ready to ful­fil her wifely duty but giv­ing the chief of Thathe his longed-for heir is no easy feat.

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Royal wife Su­san (Mahumela Ma­hawu) goes into labour on Wed­nes­day 26 April and thanks to months of com­pli­ca­tions – in­clud­ing the very real chance of dy­ing fol­low­ing her doc­tors’ warn­ings in Au­gust 2016 – it’s been a tough ex­pe­ri­ence. Not that Su­san’s de­terred – she is go­ing to see her preg­nancy through and pro­vide her hubby Chief Azwin­dini (Gabriel Te­mudzani) with a bi­o­log­i­cal son.

LABOUR PAINS

Mahumela says that when her char­ac­ter goes into labour on Wed­nes­day 26 April, “Things get risky and ev­ery­one in the royal house is in panic mode.”

She adds that “Su­san is so afraid of giv­ing birth be­cause she is ter­ri­fied of dy­ing. But she has put her hopes in the mag­i­cal neck­lace that Azwin­dini and royal witch­doc­tor Mulim­isi (Hum­bu­lani Tsha­rani) gave her that is meant to help her es­cape death.” Su­san fell se­ri­ously ill in De­cem­ber 2016 and was on the verge of los­ing her child then and there, but then the neck­lace took care of ev­ery­thing and she and the royal baby were saved. So does it have the power to save the pair now dur­ing child­birth? “Su­san’s wor­ried but she has been wear­ing that neck­lace ever since she got it. She’s pray­ing that it will work in her favour. The neck­lace’s beads are en­chanted and it serves as a vow that Azwin­dini has given a piece of his soul to Su­san so that she can live longer and give him a son.”

HEY BABY

While Su­san’s giv­ing birth, ex­pect­ing fa­ther Azwin­dini is re­fus­ing to think about any­thing bad hap­pen­ing to both his beloved wife and their baby. Mahumela thinks that the chief could be in de­nial be­cause “Azwin­dini puts a lot of faith in the en­chanted neck­lace and is cer­tain that ev­ery­thing will be fine. It’s magic and not a cer­tainty”. While view­ers won’t see the birth, it won’t be long be­fore we find out that Su­san and Azwin­dini’s fears were un­founded af­ter a healthy baby boy is de­liv­ered on Thurs­day 27 April. “Yes, it’s a boy and Su­san is over­joyed, the chief is happy and so is ev­ery­one else in the royal house. There’s a huge sigh of re­lief for two rea­sons: one, Su­san has sur­vived and two, there is a le­git­i­mate heir to the throne,” adds Mahumela.

SLEEP­LESS NIGHTS

Su­san and her new­born are dis­charged from hospi­tal and re­turn to the royal home on Fri­day 28 April, but their home­com­ing isn’t so wel­com­ing, says Mahumela. “While I can’t give too much away, Su­san and her baby’s lives are go­ing to get com­pli­cated. It’s go­ing to be an ad­just­ment for the fam­ily and there will be sit­u­a­tions that in­volve the other wives”. It won’t be a sur­prise that Azwin­dini will want to spend some time with his new son and that means spend­ing less time with his other wives and their kids. And that’s a prob­lem for the jeal­ous wives who’re los­ing time re­served for them. What Mahumela can tell us for sure though is that “Su­san is do­ing well and that’s what mat­ters, plus she isn’t go­ing any­where any­time soon!”

Chief Azwin­dini and Su­san are proud new par­ents.

Su­san’s neck­lace pro­tected her dur­ing her preg­nancy.

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