Run­ning from rape

Tladi is the talk of the gym when he’s ar­rested for sex­ual as­sault.

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As­pir­ing pro boxer Tladi (Solomon Se­bothma) is liv­ing the life at the mo­ment. His ca­reer is on the rise, he’s got loads of fans and he is be­ing trained by ex- champ and ASA gym boss Jus­tice (Saint Se­seli). But punch­ing his way to vic­tory on Mon­day 10 July is going to be a se­ri­ous loss for his per­sonal life when Tladi’s cel­e­bra­tions leave him with­out a mem­ory of the next be­fore… and in the back of a cop car!


“Tladi and his en­tourage go out par­ty­ing af­ter his fight on Mon­day 10 July,” ex­plains Solomon. “They go to a nearby bar and they get chat­ting to some girls. Tladi wakes up the next morn­ing in bed with Pula (Bokang Phe­lane), one of the girls he par­tied with.” No harm, no foul… at the time. Later that day, the party girl heads to the po­lice sta­tion to lay a rape charge against the boxer. “Tladi is dev­as­tated when he is told that Pula ac­cused him of rap­ing her,” says Solomon. He knows that is out of char­ac­ter for him and that he couldn’t and wouldn’t have done some­thing like that. But there’s a prob­lem: Tladi can’t ac­tu­ally re­mem­ber any­thing from the bar… so could he re­ally have done it? “Any­thing could be pos­si­ble,” says Solomon. “Tladi also wor­ries that if this gets out into the public, he would be a dis­ap­point­ment to his fam­ily re­gard­less of whether he did ac­tu­ally com­mit the crime!”


Jus­tice finds out about Tladi’s trou­ble on Tues­day 11 July and he gets Tladi’s lawyer-in-train­ing brother Le­hasa (Siyabonga Se­po­tokele) on the job right away. Tladi’s mom Mmamosa (So­nia Mbele) mean­while hands Le­hasa a fat cheque to bribe Pula with. Le­hasa holds onto the cheque un­til he knows what’s going on, but he’ll need to hurry. The cops ar­rive at the gym later on Tues­day 11 July to ar­rest Tladi and Solomon ex­plains that “he’s em­bar­rassed be­cause he’s taken to jail in front of his friends”. And it gets worse on Mon­day 17 and Tues­day 18 July: Jus­tice, Le­hasa and the po­lice in­ter­ro­gate Tladi as though he’s a crim­i­nal. “Tladi is at risk of los­ing his job, be­com­ing a coach and los­ing his ti­tle,” says Solomon, adding that “we are hop­ing to teach view­ers that you need to look at both sides of the story be­fore mak­ing a judge­ment”.

Tladi is stunned when the cops ar­rest him for some­thing he doesn’t re­mem­ber do­ing.

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