Big lit­tle thug

Wannabe-tough guy Qaphela’s life­style is get­ting an over­haul.

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A sur­prise has slowly been creep­ing up on spoilt young­ster Qaphela (Ab­dul Khoza) and it’s hit­ting him where it hurts most: his wal­let. And while he hasn’t no­ticed it yet, he is go­ing to be count­ing ev­ery cent for a while to come. Re­mem­ber how his taxi-boss dad Ju­das (Menzi Ngubane) has been in hospi­tal since late May? That means no in­come for the fam­ily and they’re in such fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty that Qaphela and his step­mom Beauty (Thuli Tha­bethe) have been forced to move in with Beauty’s mother Lil­lian (Linda Se­bezo). Qaphela isn’t en­joy­ing life un­der the old lady’s rule and Ab­dul ex­plains why.

Qaphela and Lil­lian don’t re­ally get on… In the be­gin­ning Lil­lian didn’t ap­prove of Qaphela be­cause he is Ju­das’s child from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship. How­ever, Qaphela asked Beauty for ad­vice on how to han­dle Lil­lian and things have been im­prov­ing. Right now, he’s try­ing to be nice to her but it’s a slow jour­ney. How is your char­ac­ter adapt­ing to liv­ing in “granny” Lil­lian’s house? Lil­lian is strict on how she runs her house­hold and she ex­pects ev­ery­one to fol­low her rules. Qaphela doesn’t like tak­ing in­struc­tions and he finds lis­ten­ing to her a chal­lenge. Plus, Lil­lian doesn’t en­ter­tain Qaphela’s busi­ness ideas and his way of liv­ing. And she doesn’t agree of his choice in friends at all! Is there a power strug­gle in the house? There is a bit of power strug­gle, yes. Qaphela feels re­spon­si­ble to take care of his fam­ily since Ju­das is in hospi­tal. Qaphela is a vi­o­lent young man and if any­body threat­ens to harm his fam­ily, he will re­sort to vi­o­lence – that’s his way of keep­ing ev­ery­one safe. And what does Qaphela learn about him­self thanks to his new liv­ing ar­range­ments? Qaphela is a hard char­ac­ter but af­ter a few weeks of liv­ing with Lil­lian, view­ers will be­gin to see a softer side of him. He even gets a love in­ter­est and we see him help­ing his step­sis­ter Zama (Linda Mtoba) when she’s feel­ing down. That lov­ing side of Qaphela also shows a play­ful and emo­tional side to him, which is great to por­tray. Work­ing with Linda Se­bezo must be fun, given her ca­reer? Linda is amaz­ing and so on-point with her char­ac­ter. She brings a lot to the ta­ble, like the pas­sion she puts into her char­ac­ter. I’ve learnt a few things from her al­ready and I hope to con­tinue learn­ing.

Orig­i­nally the soapie had Lil­lian mov­ing in with the Ng­wenyas af­ter los­ing her house. Last-minute rewrites swapped the sto­ry­line to have the fam­ily move in with her in­stead. Money mat­ters have shaken up Qaphela’s life. CHANGE UP

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