Dou­ble dad drama

The new baby is rip­ping broth­ers Mazwi and Smanga apart.

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Be­ing a Moroka is dif­fi­cult at the best of times thanks to the in­fight­ing and ri­val­ries. But it’s out of hand thanks to Smanga (Moopi Moth­ibeli) be­ing forced to play sec­ond fid­dle to his brother Mazwi (Musa Ngema). Smanga is bit­ing his tongue not to re­veal that he is baby Rorisang’s (Lethokuhle Jiyane) bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther. “It’s awk­ward to say the least,” says Moopi. “Ev­ery­one feels trapped. But they hang in there for the sake of the baby, who’s also now gravely ill.” Mazwi’s wife Sphe (Pearl Monama) is tired of liv­ing a lie and she wants to re­veal the baby’s pa­ter­nity – that she slept with her brother-in-law – but on Wednesday 7 June she too bites her tongue when she re­alises that the truth will de­stroy her mar­riage.

TEN­SIONS & TRAUMA

Smanga and Mazwi are pac­ing like caged lions on Thurs­day 8 June, anx­ious to hear about the baby’s breath­ing prob­lems. “They’re ac­tu­ally grap­pling with some­thing else – father­hood,” says Moopi. Smanga re­sents hav­ing slept with Sphe to en­sure a Moroka heir, while Mazwi is wor­ried about not be­ing a fa­ther. He was told in Jan­uary 2017 that he’s in­fer­tile, so he knows that he isn’t Rorisang’s dad. At the same time, he isn’t sure who is!

Smanga keeps a safe dis­tance from his daugh­ter to not raise sus­pi­cion, but he can’t con­tain his jeal­ousy, es­pe­cially when on Fri­day 9 June the Moroka elders praise Mazwi for his father­hood. “Smanga makes a snide com­ment. He is bit­ter about be­ing side­lined yet again,” says Moopi, adding that Smanga puts up a brave front and con­vinces him­self that he doesn’t need fam­ily sup­port.

FLAG ON THE PLAY

De­spite his front, Smanga is hav­ing trou­ble not see­ing his daugh­ter and on Thurs­day 15 June, he tries to sneak in to see her. “But he finds Mazwi there,” Moopi re­veals, “and ex­cuses him­self.” But that’s just enough jumpy be­hav­iour for Mazwi to no­tice and he ques­tions his brother’s re­la­tion­ship to Rori. The next day, Fri­day 16 June, af­ter the hospi­tal calls to tell the fam­ily about a set­back in Rori’s re­cov­ery, Mazwi can’t help him­self and goes to see his child. “Sphe sees Smanga get­ting too close and or­ders him to stay away,” Moopi says. “He lashes out at her for ex­clud­ing him from Rori’s life. He is de­ter­mined to spend time with her – and noth­ing and no­body is go­ing to stop him.”

Mazwi and Smanga are at war – and this time it’s not about money. Sphe and her baby are stuck in the mid­dle.

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