Hubby from hell
Nkunzi escapes from jail and has a gun to MaNgcobo’s head.
Uzalo Mon-Wed SABC1 (*191) 20:30
Rats are always looking for a way out of trouble and jailed crimelord Nkunzi (Masoja Msiza) is no different. He’s been planning his escape since being dragged out of his wedding to MaNgcobo (Dawn Thandeka King) on Tuesday 20 June. “But first he needs money – and a lot of it to get bail,” says Masoja. “There is a problem with that – MaNgcobo wants nothing to do with him!” laughs the actor. Nkunzi tries to get word to his fiancée that he needs her help on Wednesday 21 June but she refuses. “Nkunzi ruined what was meant to be the happiest day of her life,” says Masoja. She is so peeved at being embarrassed again that on Thursday 22 June, MaNgcobo chases Nkunzi’s daughter Zekhethelo (Nyalleng Thibedi) out the house and with a message for Nkunzi: “Leave me alone! I’m done with you!”
MaNgcobo doesn’t trust Zekhethelo in her house, “That’s why she throws her out,” says Masoja. On Friday 23 June, Nkunzi contacts MaNgcobo and “he begs her to take his daughter back in,” adds Masoja. “Zekhe has nowhere to go and Nkunzi whispers into MaNgcobo’s sympathetic, motherly ear, but she still refuses!” Later that day, MaNgcobo has a warning for her son Mxolisi (Nay Maps) too. He was dragged into Nkunzi’s ATM bombings in April 2017 and MaNgcobo tells him to dump his girlfriend Zekhethelo because she could be as dangerous as her dad.
Mxolisi dumped Zekhethelo in April to protect her from her dad’s criminal secrets but they are both still crazy in love, explains Masoja. “She needs someone by her side. She feels alone and Zekhethelo needs someone now that Nkunzi is in jail.” While this is going on, Mxolisi is feeling guilty for helping the cops arrest Nkunzi. He knows that Zekhethelo is innocent and she’s paying for her father’s sins, explains Masoja. “Mxolisi listens to MaNgcobo and shuts Zekhe out. When Nkunzi finds out, he’s even more desperate to escape and save his daughter.”
MaNgcobo plans a party to celebrate her healed heart on Tuesday 27 June but she finds a nasty, dangerous surprise waiting in her house when she returns from shopping. “Nkunzi hopes to patch things up with her,” explains Masoja. “He thinks that holding her hostage will get her to love him back [Laughs].” Her rejection irritates him and Masoja says that viewers will see an even darker side to his character. “Nkunzi is a beast is unleashed and he wants his way with MaNgcobo.” The actor adds that while he was drained emotionally after filming the scenes, “Getting into character was easy. But Dawn was shocked! I brought out the scary rage… my eyes were filled with rage and I became this monster for these scenes.”
While this hostage drama is going on behind closed doors, the community is buzzing on Wednesday 28 June as a police search gets underway. Pastor Mdletshe and MaNzuza (Glen Gabela and Leleti Khumalo) are furious about Nkunzi escaping but they won’t have to wait long to find him. “He leaves MaNgobo’s house on Friday 30 June to get revenge. And he starts with Mxolisi for what he’s done to Zekhethelo,” says Masoja. “The community is in fear. Before, he was just a criminal. Now he’s wild and off his leash!” On Monday 3 July word gets out that Mxolisi is missing, but while Masoja says that Nkunzi can’t kill Mxolisi because it will ruin his relationship with Zekhethelo”, he doesn’t say anything about torture. The actor warns that “Nkunzi has another plan to get back at Mxolisi. And it’s not going to be pretty!”
Nkunzi’s using tough love to win back MaNgcobo. “I was filled with rage for these scenes,” says Masoja.
MaNgcobo won’t wriggle her way free this time.