Mama’s got a gun
MaNgcobo turns lioness to rip chunks off nasty pimp Amos for destroying her daughter Nosipho.
MaNgcobo (Dawn Thandeka King) has lost so much. Even her daughter Nosipho (Nompilo Maphumulo) seems to be slipping through her fingers as she falls deeper into her pimp boyfriend Amos’s (Ernest Msibi) clutches. “Lindiwe knew that Nosipho was in something deep and dark but she didn’t know the extent of the abuse,” says Dawn. “She didn’t know that Amos said that if Nosipho left, he’d kill her mother. MaNgcobo only knows what she came across when she tried to bring her daughter home. The first time was when Nosipho was on the street as a prostitute on Friday 14 April and the second was on Wednes-day 19 April when Nosipho was high on drugs.” Nosipho’s seeming indifference cut MaNgcobo deeply, but after she lands in hospital after a desperate escape plan on Wednesday 26 April, Mama grabs her gun. It’s time Amos learnt his lesson … again.
MAMA’S GOT A PLAN
MaNgcobo is simmering with rage while she’s at the hospital waiting for Nosipho to pull through on Friday 28 April and Monday 1 May. On Tuesday 2 May she discretely sets henchman DK (Sonto Maphumulo) to check on Amos’s whereabouts and then it’s time to take care of business. “She puts the gun in her bag and she goes. You see the villain come back. She’s not going to involve the law, she’s going to take it up on her own. It infuriates her to that point. MaNgcobo and Nosipho have said a lot of ugly things to each other, but now Mama becomes the Mother Bear,” says Dawn.
BRING HIM TO HIS KNEES
Amos didn’t learn his lesson the first time when furious father Detective Dhlomo (Don Mlangeni Nawa) shot him in the chest in October 2016 for pimping his daughter Sibahle (Londeka Mlaba). Maybe it’ll take MaNgcobo to really drive the point home – with a bullet-point presentation. When MaNgcobo walks in on Amos packing to leave, he in no way takes her as a serious threat. Big mistake. “Amos doesn’t have background of who Lindiwe is and that Lindiwe can go that far. So she shoots him. She shoots the first knee – and that’s when reality sinks in for Amos – and then she shoots his other knee. She doesn’t want to kill him. She wants him to learn a lesson and never to do what he did to her daughter ever again to anybody else”.
“That particular scene was quite empowering, when you finally meet the enemy,” reveals Dawn. “Nosipho is damaged mentally, physically and emotionally. And no mother wants to see her baby hurt. That’s the only child she has now. Mxolisi (Nay Maps Maphalala) lives with his biological mother and Ayanda (Kay Sibiya) has left. MaNgcobo hurts in many ways now and she takes it out on those two shots that she fires at Amos. And I think any mother, any woman, would identify with that.”
FEELING & HEALING
But Nosipho and MaNgcobo’s battle doesn’t end with those two gunshots. After Nosipho returns home on Thursday 4 May, it’s going to be a long-haul journey to recovery. Their healing heart-to-heart on Tuesday 9 May is a first step, but so much more is needed. “It takes time,” explains Dawn. “When Nosipho finally does open up, she is blaming herself a lot – she could have chosen not to go with Amos or to leave him as soon as she found out what kind of man he was. She needs to get professional help in order to deal with what she’s gone through.” Dawn adds, “I would like to see this story continue. We’ll get to help other women who’re maybe at a point where they blame themselves for what they’ve done, that has not turned out okay.”
MaNgcobo has Amos at her mercy, and she isn’t feeling merciful.
Nkunzi comforts MaNgcobo at the hospital.
Nosipho’s in serious trouble.