An im­pos­si­ble choice

GC stands to lose ev­ery­thing when his love for his fam­ily clashes with the love of his life.

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Flam­boy­ant sa­lon owner GC (Khaya Dladla) looks like he’s headed for a fu­neral in­stead of his wed­ding when he ar­rives at the Cetshwayo home­stead on Tues­day 25 July. “The an­i­ma­tion just goes away,” says Khaya. And no won­der. He’s been forced into a des­per­ately un­fair po­si­tion where he must sac­ri­fice one vi­tal part of him­self to keep an­other. Ei­ther he must deny his true self and lose his love Jojo (Siph­e­sihle Cele) for good, or he must turn his back on the lov­ing fam­ily and vil­lage that raised him. No mat­ter what GC chooses, he loses.


GC gen­uinely loves and re­spects his fa­ther Bhomu (Mduduzi Nombela) and mother MaXimba (Ma­bel Mthombeni). “Be­ing back at home is good. He likes that,” says Khaya. “You can tell that he loves his par­ents so much, but right now they are driv­ing him crazy.” GC’s mother sus­pects that her son has no in­ter­est in women but she’s just as stuck as GC is. “She isn’t given the plat­form to say any­thing. The fa­ther is the head of the fam­ily and what he says goes,” re­veals Khaya. “I had to sit them down and ex­plain (to Mdudzi), ‘You are the big­gest bully you’ve ever met in your life’, (and to Ma­bel), ‘Mum, you are a yes-sir, yes-sir, to the point where you would hurt your chil­dren’s feel­ings to pro­tect your hus­band’s feel­ings.’ They have played this story so well,” laughs Khaya.


“In GC’s vil­lage, be­ing gay was never dis­cussed or ac­knowl­edged when he was grow­ing up,” ex­plains Khaya. “What they know is that man mar­ries woman. Sim­ple. Man works hard, woman stays in the kitchen.” And after GC man­ages to con­vince them that he is gay, on Thurs­day 27 July GC’s fa­ther de­mands that he be “cleansed of the gay spirit”. Khaya re­veals, “Espe­cially in town­ships and ru­ral ar­eas, even to­day, be­ing gay is seen as a de­mon that came into your life, so it needs to be prayed for. You need to do some kind of a rit­ual for the an­ces­tors. But I want to get across that this is noth­ing to do with an­ces­tors or de­mons,” says Khaya.


With no way out, GC se­cretly ar­ranges a meet­ing with his bride-to-be – the chief’s daugh­ter Hleziphi – on Mon­day 31 July, only to find out that she’s done noth­ing with her life but wait pa­tiently for him. She’s like, ‘I’ve never dated any­one, I’ve been told to wait for you. I was told you were go­ing to come back from the city and marry me one day.’” She’s hor­ri­fied when GC of­fers her money to leave the vil­lage and get work in a ho­tel. “She is like, ‘No, never! My fa­ther would never be pleased with that. You have to marry me. Stop run­ning away. Why are you try­ing to change what has been planned in his­tory?’” says Khaya.


GC does runs away though, only to be dragged back by his fa­ther. And on Tues­day 1 Au­gust, the day of this wed­ding, he gath­ers his courage to take one last stand, re­fus­ing to live a lie and make two peo­ple mis­er­able. Khaya re­veals, “He drops the news in front of ev­ery­one: ‘I don’t want to get mar­ried to this girl. You are amaz­ing, you are pretty you will find some­one who will love you. I am gay. I am in love with a man named Jojo who’s not here right now…’”

GC’s mom knows his se­cret but she doesn’t have the “right” to speak up and save her son. Jojo’s not around but GC is still pin­ing for him.

If looks could kill – GC is not a happy camper!

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