Break-up by baby
Bonita is pregnant but there’s a reason she isn’t excited about telling her hubby Vince…
Bonita (Hildegardt Whites) has been lukewarmly supportive over the past few months while her husband Vince (Jacques Blignaut) fought to see his young son Christopher (Jiphtael Langeveldt). While viewers might’ve thought that it’s because she has no connection to the child that Vince had with his fling Cecile (Chantal Stanfield), there’s more to the story. Turns out Mrs Meintjies is pregnant – and she’s got a lot to worry about because it may not be Vince’s! Bonita is no slouch when it comes to saving her bacon in a tight spot, but this time could be tricky, explains Hildegardt. “Bonita’s got a rough side from her youth living on the streets, but the situation she’s in right now isn’t going to go away as easy as anything she’s been through before.”
SMELLING A RAT
Vince’s brother Justin (Dann-Jaques Mouton) notices that Bonita isn’t her usual self around him and on Tuesday 9 May she spills the beans about her predicament in an emotional outburst. At first an oblivious Justin is happy for his sister-in-law, but then she tells him the rest of her story and his happiness sours. Justin always looks out for his brother’s best interest and he thinks that Vince has the right to know, but Bonita’s against that. “Vince cannot find out under any circumstances,” stresses Hildegardt. “If he finds out that his wife is possibly carrying someone else’s baby, it will shatter him. And she won’t do that to him after what Vince went through to see Chris.” But that doesn’t stop Justin from delivering an ultimatum on Wednesday 10 May: either Bonita tells Vince or he will.
Justin has another solution for Bonita on Thursday 11 May but it’s not something that she’s willing to consider: terminating the pregnancy. “Bonita can’t believe it. How could he think she’d be willing to do that?” asks Hildegardt. “She’s furious and chases him out of her flower shop before he can say another word.” That spurs Justin on and he’s ready to tell Vince on Friday 12 May, but when he gets his chance, he considers the consequences and bites his tongue. Later that day, Justin returns to see Bonita and says Hildegardt, “He tells her that if she’s not willing to tell the truth, they’ll have to make another plan.” He doesn’t see a future for Vince and Bonita with this lie in their marriage, so he suggests rather end things now in their relationship. “Justin suggests that Bonita tell Vince that of her other transgressions that will push him away from her for good,” says Hildegardt.
“Bonita would rather that Vince hates her than learns the truth. That she can live with,” reasons the actress. And there’s the chance that he’ll be fuming when he finds out that she blackmailed Mariaan (Deidre Wolhuter) in January to give Vince 50% of Beleef, the food shop that took over his deli. Justin and Bonita stage a fight in Beleef on Tuesday 16 May and Justin tells Vince about Bonita’s blackmailing. “He is angry but after they chat about it [on Wednesday 17 May], he surprises Bonita with forgiveness.”
Undeterred, Bonita and her co- conspirator come up with another scheme on Friday 19 May. “It involves corrupt cop Tony [Marlo Minaar],” says Hildegardt. He’s the guy Bonita slept with in 2016 in exchange for information about the person who abducted Vince…
Remember when Bonita got involved with dodgy cop Tony? Vince is clueless to the situation.
Justin is helping with Bonita’s lies.