Eliminate your enemy first
Niki gets rid of Puleng and troublemaker Themba to have her happy ending with Suffocate.
Niki’s (Nolo Phiri) put all her energy in trying to get rid of her pregnant ex-sister-wife Puleng (Tebogo Khalo) so that she can reconnect with her ex-hubby Suffocate (Mduduzi Mabaso). She’s even set a date to renew their marriage vows, but they put a hold on the celebration when they learn that Suffo’s crazy brother Themba (Sphamandla Dhludhlu) held Puleng captive at a dodgy scrap yard on Wednesday 10 May. Nolo explains that “Niki is terrified. This is her fault and she has to get to Themba before he tells Puleng that he’s not the father of her unborn baby, but rather that Suffo is”. So Niki starts a secret search to find Themba without Suffo noticing.
BURIED WITH SECRETS
Scheming Niki calls Themba and con- vinces him to tell them where he and Puleng are on Thursday 11 May. “Niki realises that her plan to get Themba to fall in love with Puleng was a mess. She’s eager to fix it,” says Nolo, and on Friday 12 May, Niki manipulates Themba into sending her his location. When he does, they get into a physical fight and “Themba’s completely lost his mind,” says Nolo. When he realises that Niki was using him as a distraction to keep Puleng away from Suffo, he tries to tell Puleng her baby’s paternity but “Niki doesn’t let him ruin her life again. Instead, she hits him too hard and he falls flat on the ground,” says Nolo. Niki is stressing when Themba doesn’t get up – he’s dead! She’s just killed her brother-in-law and Suffo isn’t going to take that news well at all!
Niki’s good at thinking on her toes and on Monday 15 May, she calls her business partner and dodgy gangster David (Jamie Bartlett) to help her get rid of the body. While David handles hiding dead Themba, Niki goes on a search for Puleng who’s minutes from labour and she helps deliver the baby. Suffo arrives to the scene minutes later and they rush Puleng to hospital. “Everyone thinks that Niki is the hero and that makes Suffo fall for her more,” adds Nolo, whose character isn’t coping with the guilt of ruining Themba and Puleng’s lives for her own happiness. “But Niki does bad things with thoughts of getting good results. She regrets killing Themba and she isn’t handling that murder well.” Nolo adds that everyone is oblivious to Niki’s behaviour as they’re thrilled to have Puleng giving birth to a healthy baby.
PIECE OF CAKE
Niki is overwhelmed with covering her tracks and pretending that everything’s fine by Thursday 18 May, but her brother Bash (Siphiwe Mtshali) doesn’t buy the act and confronts her with killing Themba. “No one knows Niki like Bash and she admits it. She’s terrified of the lie she’s living,” says Nolo, but that doesn’t deter Niki from her initial plan: to get Suffo to walk down the aisle with her again. She convinces him to leave a depressed Puleng on Tuesday 23 May so that they can live happily ever after. “Niki’s pulled all the stops to see her dreams come true and she’s not letting anyone or anything stop her,” hints Nolo.
Niki (left) is going to go too far to win back Suffo from Puleng (right).
Themba getting involved with his sister-in-laws is going to cost him.