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Nikiwe (Linda Sokhulu) needs a break from her world, start­ing right now. Her ca­reer is in freefall af­ter Sibeko Gold merged with Haines In­ter­na­tional in May and her lovelife isn’t much bet­ter – she’s dat­ing The Deep’s wheeler dealer Gabriel (Aubrey Poo). “It’s a tu­mul­tuous re­la­tion­ship built out of need for af­fec­tion,” says Linda. “It started as a re­bel­lion against her CEO dad Lin­coln Sibeko (Lin­dani Nkosi) in De­cem­ber 2016. It be­came a de­pen­dency. The cracks are opening now – per­haps she should’ve lis­tened to ev­ery­one’s warn­ings…

Gabriel started off as the new pas­tor in Hori­zon Deep when he moved in in mid 2015 and he ruf­fled feath­ers, as for­mer head­writer Ro­han Dick­son said at the time. “Gabriel is charis­matic and smart and ar­tic­u­late. He’s not a vil­lain. He’s a soap char­ac­ter telling a story that hap­pens to be set in the church be­cause he’s a pas­tor, but he could quite eas­ily have been a po­lice­man.” By Jan­uary this year, Gabriel had ma­nip­u­lated Nikiwe into dat­ing him and it’s got so bad now that she walks out on him on Mon­day 12 June. She asks her busi­ness part­ner Ben­jamin (Arno Marais) to help get to New York and then Amsterdam. Thanks to some clever time-laps­ing, Nikiwe is al­ready in New York when she con­tacts Gabriel on­line to­day, Tues­day 13 June.

Gabriel apol­o­gises but Nikiwe isn’t pre­pared to come home to him. And he isn’t ready to give up on his source of eco­nomic free­dom – the Sibekos’ deep pock­ets and gold mines – but it seems that he might not have to worry about be­ing with­out “his true love”. Af­ter a bout of throw­ing up and nau­sea in the morn­ings, Nikiwe fears on Mon­day 19 June that she’s car­ry­ing Gabriel’s baby. “If she is… it may be too much for her,” hints Linda. NB! See more on p17.

It’s not work­ing out for Nikiwe and Gabriel.

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