Death & di­vi­sion

Chris and Aza­nia’s al­ready frag­ile mar­riage is blown apart by their new­born’s death and a race war.

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Re­tired soc­cer star Chris My­burgh (Em­manuel Castis) kicked his painkiller ad­dic­tion in late May 2017 when Aza­nia (En­gle Ma­phu­molo) gave him an ul­ti­ma­tum: pills or their mar­riage and child. While Chris chose his ladies, baby Ofentse was born in early June with a med­i­cal con­di­tion and didn’t sur­vive the month de­spite “life-sav­ing” surgery. “Chris is bro­ken,” ex­plains Em­manuel. “He thought he’d have his happy fam­ily with Aza­nia and their baby.” He may not even have a wife by the end of this fort­night – the cou­ple’s fam­i­lies hi­jack the fu­neral plans on Wed­nes­day 5 July and it isn’t just about Ofentse’s death…

TUG-OF-WAR

Chris and Aza­nia are pushed to the back­ground while their fam­i­lies’ feud gets out of con­trol on Thurs­day 6 July. The My­burghs never liked the Moswanes and don’t sup­port the idea of Chris be­ing in an in­ter­ra­cial mar­riage. “He and Aza­nia can’t han­dle this fight­ing,” says Em­manuel. “They are try­ing to come to terms with their loss and this is over­whelm­ing.” But, adds Em­manuel, “For the first time, his fam­ily are there to com­fort him in his time of need” on Fri­day 7 July when the griev­ing par­ents bury their baby. “Chris and Aza­nia are dev­as­tated. They thought that they’d have more time to spend with Ofentse out of hos­pi­tal and now they’re forced to say good­bye,” says the ac­tor.

FAD­ING LIGHT

But just be­cause the fu­neral is over doesn’t mean that the pain is going away. Aza­nia is bat­tling in si­lence and from Wed­nes­day 10 July, she be­gins to iso­late her­self from Chris and her fam­ily. “He wants to be there for his wife. They’ve had trou­bles in the past and al­ways re­solved things,” ex­plains Em­manuel. Un­like Chris, Aza­nia wants to get on with her life and on Mon­day 17 July she goes back to work, us­ing it as a dis­trac­tion. “It isn’t good for her,” says Em­manuel, hint­ing that “Aza­nia hasn’t dealt with her frus­tra­tions and that could come back to bite them”.

DUMMY RUN

The soapke used a doll in­stead of a real baby “be­cause it’s only in a few scenes, never re­ally seen and once the child dies, the sto­ry­line is over,” says pub­li­cist Belinda Mashashane.

Chris’s par­ents Irene and Kobus (De­bra Deats and An­ton Dekker) show up. There’s ten­sion be­tween the My­burghs and Aza­nia’s par­ents Gertrude and Ace.

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