Chief in ques­tion

Azwin­dini’s got a new en­emy and he’s not to be tri­fled with.

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Farmer busi­ness­man Ten­damudz­imu (Nat Ram­ab­u­lana) has big plans for Thathe and not just in terms of his crops. On Fri­day 23 June, Tenda starts sow­ing seeds of doubt around the vil­lage – he wants to see the tra­di­tional chief­tancy sys­tem thrown out and he en­cour­ages every­one he meets to join his Chiefs Must Fall pe­ti­tion. “There’s go­ing to be drama,” warns Gabriel Te­mudzani, who plays Thathe’s ruler Chief Azwin­dini.


“Azwin­dini and Tenda have an ex­tremely un­com­fort­able re­la­tion­ship,” says Gabriel. “The back­story is that Azwin­dini and ’s (Mahumela Mahuwa) son Mu­londo (Ndamulelo Mbuwe) was born a twin. Mu­londo’s twin was taken away at birth be­cause in the

old times, twins were seen as taboo, a curse and not tra­di­tional.” The child, who was named Vhut­shilo, was sent to hide in the same vil­lage that Tenda was liv­ing in or he would have been killed. Azwin­dini wasn’t privy to this in­for­ma­tion un­til re­cently, when some­one in the vil­lage told him that his “other son” [ Vhut­shilo] is in Thathe.

Azwin­dini puts two and two to­gether and re­alises Tenda’s plan: tak­ing Vhut­shilo away from Thathe and his fam­ily with the prom­ise of be­ing a soc­cer star overseas. Tenda’s plan doesn’t work out he’s come pre­pared with plan B on Mon­day 26 June. “The Chief learns that his en­emy has planned a pe­ti­tion and he’s go­ing to used ev­ery se­cret and trick to make the chief look bad to his peo­ple,” ex­plains Gabriel.


What’s the quick­est way to ruin rep­u­ta­tions? Gossip – and that’s some­thing that spreads like wild­fire in a com­mu­nity like Thathe. “Wait un­til you hear these neg­a­tive things that Tenda says about the chief,” says Gabriel. “Azwin­dini doesn’t like him and doesn’t trust him – and this proves why!” Tenda hosts a launch party for his farming busi­ness on Tues­day 27 June and puts up a wall when Azwin­dini tries to talk to him at the event. “Yes, we have a dis­cus­sion but we end up fight­ing and ar­gu­ing in front of the other guests,” says Gabriel. Looks like Tenda’s plan has worked – the men’s fight is front-page news on Wed­nes­day 28 June, putting the Royal fam­ily un­der scru­tiny.


It wouldn’t be an at­tack on Azwin­dini if his rival KK (Mac­don­ald Ndou) wasn’t in­volved. Busi­ness­man KK pre­pares a strike at con­struc­tion com­pany MMC on Mon­day 3 July and Gabriel warns that “KK and Tenda are in this to­gether. It’s a prob­lem for Azwin­dini as KK wants the chief thrown out just as much as Tenda does”. KK is still fu­ri­ous that Azwin­dini re­fused to sell him land ear­lier this year, ru­in­ing KK’s big con­struc­tion plans. But as Gabriel hints, “The Chief won’t go down with­out a fight. Re­mem­ber that!”

Chief Azwin­dini is un­der at­tack in Thathe.

Su­san is be­ing brought into the men’s fight.

Vhut­shilo is be­ing used as a pawn.

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