Ghostly girl­friend

Than­daza and Ran­thu’s mar­riage is about to get a vis­i­tor…

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Mu­vhango Week­days SABC2 (*192) 21:00

Imani (Zonke Mchunu) is alive! She is the mys­te­ri­ous fig­ure who’s been trou­bling Than­daza (Sindi Dlathu) over the past few weeks. But how is that pos­si­ble? She’s dead – Imani was buried in Jan­uary 2016 when her body was dis­cov­ered in a field af­ter she went miss­ing for a few weeks. In fact, Than­daza’s brother Mfun­gelwa (Brian Maz­ibuko) is still in jail for the mur­der. Turns out it’s been one big blind­side and she’s back to “add pres­sure to the Mokoena mar­riage,” says Mu­vhango pro­ducer Mor­ishe Matle­joane.

FLASHBACK & “I’M BACK”

Imani was job­less and heart­bro­ken when she moved to Joburg to live with her blood-aunt Than­daza to­wards the end of 2015. Un­able to give her hubby Ran­thu an­other kid, Than­daza came up with the idea that Imani could be their sur­ro­gate, but she wasn’t ex­pect­ing Ran­thu to pro­pose to her niece in Dec-em­ber 2015. And when Imani dis­appe-ared in Jan­uary and her corpse was found, Than­daza was the prime sus-pect un­til Mfun­gelwa was ar­rested.

Imani comes out of the shad­ows on Thurs­day 8 June and Than­daza doesn’t know what to say. She hasn’t seen a ghost – her niece is alive and this is go­ing to cause drama when Ran­thu­meng finds out. Mor­ishe adds that the char­ac­ter wasn’t just brought back to life for a spe­cific sto­ry­line, say­ing that “we also wanted to have more darker-skinned women in our [Vend­abased] show. Imani and Bongi [Nqo­bile Ndlovu] are strate­gic to de­nounc­ing the yel­low­bone [light-skin] mis­con­cep­tion”.

FILL­ING IN THE GAPS

Work­ing such a strong char­ac­ter back into the story was a long process, not to for­get tricky since Imani is lit­er­ally dead and buried. “We looked at all of the loop­holes in the Imani-Ran­thuThan­daza sto­ry­line and re­alised that there was never de­fin­i­tive con­fir­ma­tion of Imani’s death,” says Mor­ishe. “Ran­thu was a bro­ken man and in so much shock that when they asked him to iden­tify the body, he didn’t take a re­ally good look and didn’t no­tice that the girl wasn’t Imani.”

MOV­ING FOR­WARD

So where to now for Than­daza and Ran­thu, who were set to re­new their vows in May? “Imani’s re­turn will be met with mixed emo­tions,” Mor­ishe pre­dicts. “She’s a strong char­ac­ter and will evolve into some­thing even big­ger. There’s drama, shake-ups, tur­bu­lence and the les­son that love per­se­veres.”

Than­daza’s got a nasty sur­prise com­ing her way. Ran­thu­meng’s mis­tress niece Imani isn’t dead!

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