Mon­ster-in-law

Lu­lama Langa will do any­thing to stop her son from mar­ry­ing the big­gest mis­take of his life: Yvonne.

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Bon­iswa (Lu­sanda Mbane), Siseko (Hlomla Dandala) and Yvonne (Kgo­motso Christo­pher) will be­come a big “happy” fam­ily by the end of this fort­night. But the mar­riage isn’t just about shar­ing a man and Siseko’s mama Lu­lama Langa (Nomhle Nkonyeni) is mad­der than a wet hen about bride num­ber two. “She re­sents Yvonne,” says Nomhle. “Siseko is turn­ing his back on his mother by mar­ry­ing Yvonne af­ter all the things that woman did to him… af­ter all the sac­ri­fices that Lu­lama has made for her son, af­ter all the pro­tec­tion she gave him.” If Mama has her way, there’ll be no sec­ond wife.

JUST SAY NO

Lu­lama con­fronts Bon­iswa and Siseko on Wed­nes­day 5 July and turns nasty when her warn­ings fall on deaf ears. “Be­cause of the re­la­tion­ship that Lu­lama has with Bon­iswa – they get on very well – she is dis­ap­pointed that Bon­iswa ini­ti­ated this,” says Nomhle. From med­dling in lobola ne­go­ti­a­tions to threat­en­ing not to at­tend the wed­ding, Lu­lama tries it all, with some help from grand­daugh­ter Xoli (Sive­nathi Mabuya). And when Yvonne sets foot on Lu­lama’s turf in Bisho on Fri­day 14 July, Lu­lama is wait­ing to scare her off and prove to everyone that Yvonne is just a gold­dig­ger. “Lu­lama is very cruel. I wouldn’t talk to peo­ple like that! Peo­ple are going to hate me for this role,” laughs Nomhle.

SAY YES TO THE DRESS

But the bride is ready to bite back with a wed­ding dress the likes of which the Langa clan have never seen on Tues­day 18 July. “The way that she is dressed shows that she has no re­spect for what she is about to do. Lu­lama is dis­gusted and dis­ap­pointed,” adds Nomsa. Mean­while, Kgo­motso laughs that “the joke within that is, that by cus­tom, the dress shouldn’t re­ally be any­thing fancy but if Yvonne can’t have the fancy white wed­ding, she is ab­so­lutely going to have a red car­pet of­fi­cial out­side and the tight­est dress.” Scan­dal!’s head of wardrobe Cor­lene Fursten­berg adds, “Both wives rep­re­sent the tra­di­tion and beauty of their in­di­vid­ual culture – Yvonne rep­re­sent­ing a Se­sotho bride and Bon­iswa the Xhosa women. But, of course, Yvonne would push bound­aries to add her own per­sonal sparkle.”

Yvonne makes sure that she’s the cen­tre of at­ten­tion. Lu­luma makes no se­cret of not lik­ing her new daugh­ter-in-law.

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