Blood & bone

Mx­olisi wants to be good, but with two deadly dads in his life, the poor guy doesn’t stand a chance.

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For­mer car­jacker Mx­olisi (Nay Maps Mapha­lala) is on the path of right­eous­ness. “He obeys his bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther Pas­tor Mdlet­she’s (Glen Ga­bela) in­struc­tions to work at the pan­el­beat­ers. He’s giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity at the very place where he worked for crime. And Mx­olisi’s love for Nkunzi’s (Ma­soja Msiza) daugh­ter Zekheth­elo (Nyal­leng Thibedi) gives him con­fi­dence to work with Nkunzi be­cause that’ll mean he can get closer to her.” But both of th­ese fa­thers are about to steer him right off the path and crash Mx­olisi back into dark­ness.

DEADLY MDLET­SHE?

When Nkunzi, KwaMashu’s new knight in shin­ing ar­mour, hints that the pas­tor com­mit­ted mur­der in Swazi­land, Mx­olisi goes into an in­ves­tiga­tive frenzy on Wed­nes­day 3 May. He knows that his dad is hid­ing some­thing be­cause every time Mx­olisi asks him about Swazi­land, the pas­tor clams up. “Mx­olisi dis­cov­ers cer­tain things about his dad’s time in Swazi­land that he isn’t ac­count­ing for”.

NKUNZI EYE-OPENER

And as Mx­olisi is wrestling with doubt on Thurs­day 4 May, Nay re­veals that “Nkunzi says, ‘Let’s go for a drive,’ him and Mas­ter­mind (Ntokozo Dlamini), Nkunzi and Sbu (Sim­phiwe Ma­jozi).” The drive a long way and the whole time Mx­olisi is ask­ing ques­tions but no one is an­swer­ing. “They stop in some dodgy area. Nkunzi, Mas­ter­mind and Sbu get out, leav­ing Mx­olisi in the car.” And while he’s sit­ting there, the others bomb an ATM in front of him! Mx­olisi’s im­age of Nkunzi as a char­i­ta­ble man, a force for good, goes up in smoke and flames. And so does love, be­cause Mx­olisi can’t share this with in­no­cent Zekheth­elo. “She’s the love of his life. He wants to share him­self in a beau­ti­ful light, but now that Zekhe’s dad is drag­ging him back into that world, he doesn’t feel proud,” ex­plains Nay.

IN THE BLOOD & BONE

Hav­ing both fa­ther fig­ures ex­posed as vi­o­lent men will re­ally do a num­ber on Mx­olisi. “It just makes him feel like can he re­ally be any­thing in life? Is he also on the path of be­ing a mur­derer and a killer? He now starts feel­ing like, ‘Maybe this path of crime is my life…’”

Nkunzi (top) and Pas­tor Mdlet­she are pulling Mx­olisi in dif­fer­ent mo­ral di­rec­tions. Mx­olisi has a devil on his shoul­der.

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