Dou­ble deal­ing

Lonely Ler­ato isn’t sure that end­ing her af­fair with Lungile is the best idea right now.

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Record exec Ler­ato (Samkelo Ndlovu) and her busi­ness as­so­ciate Lungile (Me­shack Mavuso) are strug­gling to end their se­cret love af­fair. They’ve been tip-toe­ing be­hind his fi­ancée Bongi’s (Thembi Seete) back, so on Thurs­day 22 June, Ler­ato gives Lungile an ul­ti­ma­tum: “dump Bongi or I’ll leave”. The pair started get­ting cosy in mid-May af­ter Ler­ato stepped in to help Lungile plan his wed­ding as Bongi had fo­cused all her at­ten­tion on her up­com­ing al­bum. “It’s dif­fi­cult for them to drop the re­la­tion­ship. Ler­ato and Lungile love each other and although they don’t want to hurt Bongi, their love keeps them com­ing back for more,” ex­plains Samkelo.

FOUL PLAY

Ler­ato falls into the love trap again on Fri­day 23 June de­spite telling her­self that she’s over Lungile. “She tries to con­vince her­self that she’s done with him but it’s nearly im­pos­si­ble to stay away from each other,” says Samkelo. It’s not the first time the women have com­peted over a man – Ler­ato fell in love with Bongi’s late hubby Doc (Du­misani Mbebe) in Au­gust 2016 and the ac­tress says “it was dif­fer­ent with Doc. Ler­ato didn’t know about Bongi un­til she was in too deep with Doc – this time round, she’s just in a messy sit­u­a­tion.” Bongi’s back from the record­ing stu­dio and at the of­fice on Mon­day 26 June, but the love­birds still can’t re­sist each other. Luck­ily “Bongi is obliv­i­ous to the af­fair. She has a lot on her mind and doesn’t catch Ler­ato and Lungile. Be­sides, they’re also good at hid­ing the af­fair,” re­veals Samkelo.

CHOP AND CHANGE

But Ler­ato is tired of pre­tend­ing on Tues­day 27 June and “she threat­ens to leave Lungile again. She’s con­fused and feels guilty for be­tray­ing Bongi,” says the ac­tress. Although feisty Ler­ato usu­ally knows what she wants and she goes for it, she doesn’t know how to deal with her feel­ings for Lungile. “We see an­other side of Ler­ato when she’s with him. She’s vul­ner­a­ble and play­ful but a part of her doesn’t want to hurt Bongi,” says Samkelo, but she is an­gry on Mon­day 3 July when Lungile takes a step back from the af­fair to try mend things with Bongi. “Ler­ato is hu­man. The af­fair is play­ing tricks with her and she wants to end it, but when the time is right for her,” says Samkelo.

Ler­ato and Lungile don’t know they want to con­tinue their hook-ups or quit. Bongi doesn’t have a clue about the af­fair.

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