Healthy in Hori­zon

Obak­eng is over his PTSD and back in The Deep to be a dad.

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When Obak­eng (Anga Makubalo) left The Deep in March this year, he was re­cov­er­ing from be­ing kid­napped and tor­tured in a crime job gone wrong. He had post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD) and his mom Nina and grampa Ge­orgie (Khabon­ina Qubeka and Dar­ling­ton Michaels) sent him to a quiet vil­lage in KwaZulu-Na­tal where he could be treated by a tra­di­tional healer. And it seems that magic’s been worked on Wednesday 14 June when Obak­eng and Ge­orgie re­turn.

HOME SWEET HOME

But no­body’s sure what to ex­pect from the young man. When he left, he was suf­fer­ing night ter­rors, fight­ing imag­i­nary en­e­mies in the she­been and other PTSD is­sues. That ex­plains the awk­ward re­cep­tion, re­veals Anga. “Ev­ery­one is wel­com­ing but ner­vous. But they soon see that he is his com­fort­able play­boy self.” Nina’s there, as is his preg­nant girl­friend Kamo (Mak­gotso M). And Kamo’s get­ting all of Oba’s at­ten­tion. “Emo­tion­ally he is fine right now,” says Anga. “Obak­eng is de­ter­mined to work hard and have a good fam­ily with Kamo and their as-yet-un­born child.”

BABY STEPS

Part of Obak­eng’s heal­ing has been build­ing a bond with Ge­orgie, whom he didn’t know when he first moved into The Deep in 2016. “They didn’t con­nect be­cause of their cir­cum­stances, Obak­eng be­ing adopted and Papa G be­ing who he is,” says Anga, who adds that the re­ju­ve­nated re­la­tion­ship has done won­ders for his char­ac­ter. “He’s closer to Ge­orgie when they re­turn and they can work closely to­gether, es­pe­cially on their [crim­i­nal] busi­ness. That doesn’t mean his love-hate re­la­tion­ship with his mom has changed [Laughs].”

LIFE OF CRIME

Hav­ing peace in mind has given Oba and Kamo the peace of mind that they need ahead of par­ent­hood too. “Time away has def­i­nitely helped him re­flect. He’s a lot calmer and re­spon­si­ble when it comes to be­ing a fa­ther to his child,” says Anga. Obak­eng’s got one eye on the fam­ily busi­ness and the other on his child’s fu­ture and on Mon­day 19 June, “He wants to get into se­ri­ous but risky busi­ness with Papa G,” says the ac­tor. “[For­mer miner] Obak­eng is fo­cussed on mak­ing good money to set up a trust fund for his baby.” Seems Oba has al­ready for­got­ten what the last bit of risky busi­ness did to him…

Obak­eng is all smiles when he re­turns. Bond­ing with Ge­orgie has helped Obak­eng heal.

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