Za­mani’s ready to turn his back when his dad causes trou­ble.

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Trou­bled stu­dent Za­mani’s (Za­mani Mbatha) drug-deal­ing ways are im­pact­ing his fam­ily life. He has new en­e­mies and on Wednesday 24 May, his ir­re­spon­si­ble father Jo­hannes (Mandla Shongwe) finds a packet of mar­i­juana stashed in the ceil­ing and “it’s trou­ble! Jo­hannes wants to get to the bot­tom of this – but he doesn’t sus­pect his son,” says Za­mani, whose char­ac­ter’s part­nered with his sis­ter Mpumi ( Yolisa Cele). “Jo­hannes doesn’t think that his kids are guilty,” says Za­mani. In­stead, he at­tacks Za­mani’s pal Gad­get (Mfundo Tha­bethe) and “Gad­get con­fesses that he’s been work­ing with Mpumi and Za­mani sell­ing weed, which causes Jo­hannes to lose con­trol,” says Za­mani.


Jo­hannes wants to get his kids out of the dark world on Mon­day 29 May and he tries to con­vince them to stop. “But Za­mani doesn’t want to. It’s an easy way to get money and he doesn’t want to be con­trolled by his dad,” ex­plains Za­mani. Jo­hannes’s son has been run­ning from his fam­ily is­sues since he went to study in Joburg but they keep get­ting worse. Za­mani’s a fam­ily guy and took over the fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties when Jo­hannes be­came a drunk. “Jo­hannes blames him­self for his kids’ deal­ings and burns the weed. While they love him, the kids re­sent Jo­hannes for aban­don­ing them. Burn­ing their stash isn’t go­ing to solve their is­sues,” ex­plains Za­mani. In fact, it’s mak­ing it worse – Jo­hannes is drink­ing heav­ily again on Tues­day 30 May. “It’s dis­a­point­ing to Za­mani, but he clings to the hope that he’ll one day have a stronger dad. But for right now, Jo­hannes keeps let­ting them down.”


With Za­mani’s weed gone, he turns to his cousin Ali ( Tiisetso Thoka) on Wednesday 31 May for more. “They are in a tight spot, but Ali prom­ises to get Za­mani money for when the drug sup­pli­ers come calling for their cash.” Za­mani adds that “Ali is the one piece of home that he holds close and they’re al­ways there for each other”. Za­mani now re­alises what Jo­hannes has done to him and it in­fu­ri­ates him. “His father has ru­ined his life once again,” ex­plains Za­mani, say­ing that his char­ac­ter “now wants noth­ing to do with his dad un­til he cools down, oth­er­wise he’ll tell him where to get off. Be­fore that hap­pens, Za­mani needs to fix this prob­lem”.

Za­mani’s world has fallen apart and his dad is to blame again.

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