The back-up plan

Jade has Eshe’s back – un­til her girl­friend starts ly­ing.

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Eshe (Swankie Mafoko) may be good at gymnastics and help­ing peo­ple, but she’s stub­born. Her ath­lete girl­friend Jade (Gaosi Ra­ditholo) learns just how dif­fi­cult the ath­lete can be on Mon­day 12 June when she tells Eshe about a pos­si­ble treat­ment that may help her fix her in­jured back. But there are two prob­lems: it’s an ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment that could go ei­ther way and it’s ex­pen­sive.

TREAT­ING THE PA­TIENT

While Eshe pon­ders the treat­ment that Jade has been re­search­ing on Mon­day 12 June, there’s some­thing else go­ing on in the gym as Swankie ex­plains. “Jade’s mother Di­neo [He­len Le­bepe] hears about Eshe’s ex­pen­sive treat­ment and of­fers to help pay for it, but there is a con­di­tion that Jade must ac­cept.” And that con­di­tion is that if Di­neo cov­ers the treat­ment cost, Jade must leave ASA gym and re­turn to her home­town with Di­neo. It’s a no-brainer for Jade and she turns down her mom’s of­fer be­cause their re­la­tion­ship isn’t worth the ef­fort. Jade then con­fides in ASA gym man­ager Le­hasa (Siyabonga Se­po­tokele) about what’s go­ing on and moved by her story, he of­fers to spon­sor the treat­ment, but also with one con­di­tion. He’ll pay for it anony­mously be­cause he doesn’t want any­one in the gym to know about his back­ground or how he came about the money.

OUT BUT NOT ABOUT

Eshe agrees to the surgery and is ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal on Tues­day 13 June. Jade is ec­static that her girl­friend is dis­charged later that same day and is told that the surgery was suc­cess­ful, but her hap­pi­ness is short-lived when Eshe starts to lie about be­ing bet­ter. When Jade starts ask­ing ques­tions, she learns that Eshe is ly­ing about be­ing in­jured to get out of train­ing at the gym. “Eshe’s lie makes Jade an­gry and it cre­ates a big rip in their re­la­tion­ship,” ex­plains Swankie. “The lie loses mo­men­tum by Tues­day 20 June and Eshe is forced to get over her emo­tional block and get back to train­ing.” Later that day, Eshe’s trainer Botho (Moliehli Makobane) forces her to take a big step for­ward – and Botho re­alises that Eshe’s ready to get back into gymnastics. Swankie hints that “Eshe is stub­born, but she’s a bit ashamed and even­tu­ally re­turns to the gym hop­ing to start all over again.”

Jade (left) and Eshe’s re­la­tion­ship takes a dip be­cause of Eshe’s fibs.

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