Evil “step­fa­ther”

Mx­olisi has no choice but to turn to the cops when Nkunzi gives him the or­der to kill.

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If De­tec­tive Mondli (Them­binkosi Th­wala) had hair, he’d be pulling it out on Thurs­day 25 May when the Mdlet­she fam­ily sud­denly all back off from their claims about char­i­ta­ble Nkunzi (Mh­longo Ma­soja Msiza) se­cretly be­ing a mur­der­ous, ATM-bomb­ing bad guy. But Mx­olisi (Nay Maps Mapha­lala) be­lieves it might al­ready be too late to save their lives when Nkunzi in­vites him to a “spe­cial” break­fast on Fri­day 26 May. Could things get any worse? Of course they can – thank you for ask­ing! On Mon­day 29 May, Nkunzi pro­poses to Mx­olisi’s mom MaNg­cobo (Dawn Than­deka King) in front of her chil­dren and she bliss­fully ac­cepts. They’re go­ing to be one big, happy fam­ily… or else.

BORN TO KILL

“Mx­olisi has so much hate for Nkunzi now be­cause he can see that this guy has ul­te­rior mo­tives,” says Nay. “He sees a lot of ma­nip­u­la­tion com­ing and a lot of pain. He’s be­ing forced into an en­vi­ron­ment that he doesn’t like. And it’s very, very twisted.” On Tues­day 30 May, Mas­ter­mind (Ntokozo Dlamini) and Mx­olisi put their heads to­gether, des­per­ate for a way to get rid of Mx­olisi’s new “daddy”, un­aware that Nkunzi is think­ing along sim­i­lar lines. That same day, Nkunzi as­signs Mx­olisi two tasks: rec­on­cile with Nkunzi’s daugh­ter Zekheth­elo (Nyal­leng Thibedi)… and kill his child­hood friend Mas­ter­mind. And the clock is tick­ing on Nkunzi’s pa­tience. “He tells Mx­olisi that if he doesn’t get back to­gether with his daugh­ter, he’s go­ing to kill Nosipho and MaNg­cobo,” re­veals Nay. And Nkunzi adds yet an­other job on Thurs­day 1 June: mur­der­ing Mondli.

SWITCH­ING SIDES

An ap­palled Mx­olisi can see his fu­ture all too clearly in Nkunzi’s eyes. If he spills blood for this mad­man, it’s never go­ing to wash off. “It’s quite clear to Mx­olisi now that Nkunzi’s mo­tives are just to de­stroy and to have his way. He doesn’t care about peo­ple. He feels like this guy is in­sane. He just wants to take over KwaMashu. Mx­olisi is an­gry and shocked,” adds Nay. This en­tire mess prompts Mx­olisi to take an in­cred­i­bly dan­ger­ous step on Thurs­day 1 June and from that point for­wards, while he is Nkunzi’s hum­ble son-to-be on the out­side, un­der­cover he’s work­ing for the cops in an ef­fort to put his mom’s fi­ancé be­hind bars where he be­longs.

PRE­VI­OUSLY

Tho­bile charged her un­cle Mb­hekiseni with rape, and Sbu, while try­ing to shoot Nkunzi, hit MaNg­cobo in­stead when she leapt in front of MaNzuza to pro­tect her.

24 – 26 MAY

Mondli doesn’t re­alise how his at­ti­tude to­wards pros­ti­tutes is alien­at­ing Nosipho, and the choir gets up­set­ting news about the contest. Pas­tor Mdlet­she con­fronts Mx­olisi for ly­ing to the cops about Nkunzi, and Mx­olisi tries to con­vince the fam­ily that ex­pos­ing Nkunzi would be a death sen­tence. Later, Tho­bile is ac­cused of mak­ing up the rape af­ter Mb­hekiseni is re­leased on bail.

29 MAY – 2 JUNE

Mas­ter­mind and Mx­olisi plot against Nkunzi but Mx­olisi urges Mas­ter­mind to leave town to save him­self af­ter MaNg­cobo ac­cepts Nkunzi’s pro­posal. Nosipho tries to tell Mondli how she fell into pros­ti­tu­tion, and the church pres­sures Tho­bile to rec­on­cile with Mb­hekiseni – and she is on the verge of giving up when she stum­bles on a shock­ing scene. Pas­tor Mdlet­she finds out that Mx­olisi’s work­ing for the cops, and Nkunzi de­mands to know why Mas­ter­mind isn’t dead yet. Tho­bile is ar­rested af­ter her con­fronta­tion with Mb­hekiseni leads to blood­shed, and MaNzuza wants to know what Pas­tor Mdlet­she is hid­ing from her.

5 – 6 JUNE

Tho­bile’s friends await the out­come of her bail hear­ing. Mx­olisi in­tro­duces Nkunzi to an un­der­cover cop, and Mondli fits Mx­olisi with a wire to record what Nkunzi says. Mean­while, Nosipho pre­pares for a hot date with Mondli.

Mx­olisi’s backed into a dan­ger­ous cor­ner. Schem­ing Nkunzi has a few “favours” that he’d like Mx­olisi to do – and he’s not ask­ing.

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