The devil’s tri­an­gle

Bon­iswa’s polygamy pro­posal binds her into an epic power strug­gle with Siseko’s mis­tress Yvonne.

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Once your hus­band’s sor­did af­fairs hit the front page, it’s prob­a­bly time to put your foot down. But Bon­iswa’s (Lu­sanda Mbane) so­lu­tion to Siseko’s (Hlomla Dan­dala) sneak­ing around with his mis­tress Yvonne (Kgomotso Christo­pher) had us reel­ing on Mon­day 12 June. Can’t cure in­fi­delity? Try polygamy! By Fri­day 16 June, all three were on board with the pro­posal… and clearly pad­dling in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. Now Kgomotso and Lu­sanda dis­cuss their char­ac­ters’ cam­paign for vic­tory as these two strong-willed women bat­tle for Siseko’s at­ten­tion like cats in a sack. And one ac­tress hints at why we could be wit­ness­ing the birth of an epic vil­lain…

IN IT TO WIN IT

Af­ter her failed wed­ding to Da­mon Bradbury (Craig Ur­bani) in Fe­bru­ary this year, Yvonne latches onto the idea of mar­ry­ing Siseko with stars (and dol­lar signs) in her eyes. “It’s not a great deal. But she thinks she’ll go for it be­cause she’ll get the man she’s al­ways wanted and the money or in­her­i­tance she would have got­ten from her ex-hus­band Hec­tor (Tu­misho Masha), which went to Bon­iswa and Siseko,” ex­plains Kgomotso. “She is not a polyg­a­mous per­son. For her, it’s not ideal to be wife num­ber two be­cause cul­tur­ally wife num­ber one is your boss. Tra­di­tion­ally a sec­ond wife would ac­cept that there would be more wives af­ter her and as more come in, so her se­nior­ity rises.” But with patience not be­ing Yvonne’s strong suit we doubt she’s hang around be­ing num­ber two for long – Bon­iswa had bet­ter watch out. “Yvonne’s in it to win it!” laughs Kgomotso.

GET OVER IT… AND HER

While Yvonne sees a golden op­por­tu­nity, the more prag­matic Bon­iswa sees an un­pleas­ant com­pro­mise, but one that she can con­trol. “She knows that Yvonne was there be­fore her and when she met Siseko he had al­ready been hurt by Yvonne. She’s not try­ing to deny the kind of power that Yvonne has over her hus­band. Bon­iswa has come to the con­clu­sion that Yvonne is a thing that is just not go­ing to go away,” says Lu­sanda. “But she thinks that when peo­ple are steal­ing some­thing it makes it so much more ex­cit­ing. It’s a strat­egy to give him the per­mis­sion to live it out so that it can pass and we can move on with our lives.”

KNOW YOUR WORTH

Bon­iswa and Yvonne have com­plete faith in what they’d bring to the mar­riage. Lu­sanda re­veals, “She knows that he loves her and that what they have is real and that’s ex­actly why she’s not will­ing to give it up for some sort of fling. She is in no way con­cerned about her po­si­tion. Bon­iswa is moth­erly. Bon­iswa is homely. Bon­iswa is a pro­fes­sional who knows how to earn her own liv­ing and how to main­tain a fam­ily and bring bal­ance to it. She is the wife and she is Siseko’s pil­lar of strength.”

Any­one who thinks that mag­netic sex­ual at­trac­tion is a flimsy of­fer­ing in the face of all Bon­iswa has is sadly wrong, though. Siseko wouldn’t have been cheat­ing if it meant noth­ing to him. Kgomotso adds, “Yvonne’s feel­ing is that as long as she gets in, she’s al­ready one step up be­cause she’s be­lieves that Siseko has al­ways loved her more than Bon­iswa. Strat­egy num­ber two is, ‘I am just go­ing to push her out by tak­ing over his heart, his mind, his world so he for­gets about this other first wife’. She’s go­ing to hyp­no­tise him to be­lieve that he only needs this one, per­fect wife.”

Siseko and his ladies are putting clauses to their love.

Yvonne isn’t im­pressed with the con­tract.

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