Fatherly feud

Les­hole puts his ir­re­spon­si­ble dad BigBoy firmly in his place.

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Les­hole (Thabo Mkha­bela) has been the un­der­dog from day 1 at Turf Loop High thanks to his poor fam­ily sit­u­a­tion. And he be­comes the laugh­ing stock at school on Wednesday 7 June when Prin­ci­pal Thobak­gale (El­iz­a­beth Serunye) an­nounces the date for this year’s awards evening – Fri­day 30 June. “He thought that his so­cial life would be ex­cit­ing by ma­tric,” says Thabo. “The other stu­dents look down on him be­cause of his drunk­ard dad BigBoy (Charles Maja), who em­bar­rassed him at last year’s cer­e­mony.”

CAUS­ING A STIR

But this year will be dif­fer­ent, ex­plains the ac­tor: “Les­hole is used to the bul­ly­ing. He uses the neg­a­tive en­ergy to push him­self and prove that he can suc­ceed.” On Thurs­day 8 June, he asks his dad for money for a tu­tor and text­books. “BigBoy stops him im­me­di­ately – there is no money for that,” ex­plains Thabo. “But then Les­hole stands up to his dad – he’s tired of com­ing sec­ond to BigBoy’s drink­ing and it ends now!”

Les­hole re­minds his fa­ther that he is in ma­tric and needs the right study equip­ment to pass. “He’s blunt and tells his dad to put in ef­fort and be a bet­ter fa­ther,” ex­plains Thabo. Les­hole turns to his pal Manaka (Skhum­buzo Mbatha) on Tues­day 13 June for help and Thabo says that “Manaka prom­ises to get his friend what he needs. He be­lieves in Les­hole when no one else does”.

HELP­ING HAND

Manaka ap­proaches his friend Kamo (Mu­lalo Ndou) to tu­tor Les­hole later on Tues­day 13 June but there’s a prob­lem, says Thabo: “She’s hes­i­tant. She’s heard a lot of hor­ror sto­ries about Les­hole’s al­co­holic dad and she doesn’t want to be part of that.” And she wants to be paid. Les­hole speaks to his dad again on Thurs­day 15 June but “BigBoy says that Kamo is ex­pen­sive,” Thabo adds.

That’s when some­thing clicks in Les­hole’s head. “He’s not go­ing to let this drunk old man stand in his way of go­ing to univer­sity,” ex­plains the ac­tor. “He re­fuses to help his dad at his carfix­ing busi­ness and that’s a prob­lem.” BigBoy re­alises that this is a war that he may not win – and he con­cedes de­feat, “giv­ing Les­hole R400 per week af­ter Les­hole con­vinces his dad that he can do this,” says the soap’s pub­li­cist Percy Vi­lakazi. “And there is added in­cen­tive for BigBoy – he wants to see Les­hole out­shine his en­emy MaN­tuli’s (Dieket­seng Mnisi) daugh­ter.”

Big Boy’s booz­ing is a prob­lem. Les­hole is dis­ap­pointed by his fa­ther again.

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