Damsel in dis­tress

Ben swoops in to res­cue Nikiwe when she sig­nals for help.

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Ben­jamin le Roux (Arno Marais) has gone from snobby brat to ma­ture busi­ness­man and his re­turn to The Deep in June co­in­cided with the merg­ing of min­ing gi­ants Sibeko Gold and Haines In­ter­na­tional. But it isn’t all business – Ben’s ar­rival is a happy re­union with his friend Nikiwe (Linda Sokhulu) but a bit­ter one for Nikiwe’s jeal­ous ex Gabriel (Aubrey Poo). On Wed­nes­day 5 July, Ben pulls on his su­per­hero out­fit to save the day when when the cou­ple’s split get ugly.

SAFETY & CAU­TION

“Ben saw how Gabriel man­han­dled Nikiwe [on Fri­day 30 June, when he tried to beat her up for want­ing to leave him] and Ben now has a per­sonal vendetta against Gabriel,” says Arno. “He doesn’t want to see his friend be­ing hurt or abused and he does his best to make sure that never hap­pens by stand­ing guard over Nikiwe and keep­ing Gabriel at bay.” That doesn’t mean Ben is try­ing to sneak in and start romancing Nikiwe. Arno ex­plains that the pair are just friends and Ben cares for her, adding that “it’s too early and easy to talk about any ro­man­tic sort- of re­la­tion­ship”.

CON­SUMED BY ETHICS

Gabriel doesn’t re­alise that he has a tail around town on Thurs­day 6 July but Ben’s mak­ing sure that Gabriel stays away from Nikiwe. “He becomes ob­sessed with Gabriel,” ex­plains Arno. “He wants to know where Gabriel is and that he’s not ha­rass­ing Nikiwe.” At the same time, Gabriel thinks that Ben and Nikiwe are hav­ing an af­fair – they’re re­ally close friends and the tim­ing of Ben’s re­turn sus­pi­cious. And it’s fu­elled on Fri­day 7 July when Ben com­forts Nikiwe, who’s still stressed about Gabriel lin­ger­ing around town. Arno says that “some­thing in Ben changes and he is de­ter­mined to help Nikiwe get back to her old jolly self again. He plays psy­chol­o­gist, advisor, emo­tional sup­porter – ev­ery­thing.”

JAIL TIME?

Ben is no fool, hav­ing gone against The Deep’s Mr Mean Barker Haines (Robert White­head) many times in the past. And on Wed­nes­day 12 July, Ben’s snoop­ing pays off when he gets in­tel about Gabriel’s pyra­mid scheme from Jan­uary this year and he plans on us­ing it to put thiev­ing Gabriel behind bars. “But it’s not that sim­ple,” hints Arno. “The ex-pas­tor is a master of cov­er­ing his tracks and Ben may not be in time to stop him.” Looks like Nikiwe’s knight may have stirred a hor­net’s nest…

Ben and Kgo­talo try to help Nikiwe (far right) af­ter her Gabriel night­mare wreaks havoc on her.

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