Mov­ing up

Katlego strug­gles to keep the women in his life happy when he moves in with his bestie Mapitsi.

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Culi­nary stu­dent Katlego (Pa­trick Seleka) is ready to put on his big­boy pants and en­ter the adult world. He wants to move out of his fam­ily home on Wed­nes­day 19 July and live with his friend Mapitsi (Mo­gau Paulina Motl­hatswi), but his med­dling grandma Koko Mantsha (Ly­dia Mok­gokoloshi) isn’t ready to cut the cord. “Koko still sees Katlego as her ‘lit­tle baby’,” laughs Pa­trick. And Koko isn’t afraid of emo­tional black­mail – she fakes a sad face to ma­nip­u­late Kat to stay. She raised him as her own when his im­pul­sive mom Char­ity (Mak­gofe Moagi) left him as a baby and “Koko is wor­ried that Kat will lose his good man­ners with­out her su­per­vi­sion. But he wants to leave and be in­de­pen­dent,” says Pa­trick.


On Fri­day 21 July, Koko in­structs her daugh­ter Char­ity to talk Katlego into stay­ing but “Char­ity isn’t hav­ing it. No one loves their free­dom like Char­ity and she wants her son to ex­pe­ri­ence that too,” adds Pa­trick. While Char­ity un­der­stands that this is a big change for Koko – and Kat – she com­forts Koko by get­ting her to un­der­stand that Katlego will main­tain his re­spon­si­ble ways. But Kat’s gran isn’t the only one un­set­tled with the move…

Later on Fri­day 21 July, Kat’s friend Tbose (Cor­net Mam­abolo) vis­its his baby­mama Mapitsi in the hopes of keep­ing Katlego away. “Tbose thinks that Kat is break­ing the bro- code. Tbose even tries to get Mapitsi to give him a sec­ond chance at love, but she doesn’t want any­thing ro­man­tic at the mo­ment,” says Pa­trick. Al­though Mapitsi and Katlego are ex-lovers and broke off their ro­mance in Oc­to­ber 2013, they re­mained good friends. “Tbose doesn’t un­der­stand. He thinks that Katlego is tak­ing his girl [de­spite them hav­ing been bro­ken up even longer than Kat and Mapitsi],” says Pa­trick. “But it isn’t so – Katlego just wants some­where to stay and Mapitsi’s place is per­fect for him.”


Katlego mean­while prays for a mir­a­cle on Mon­day 24 July. And that prayer might’ve been an­swered. “Koko takes a deep breath and re­alises that she’s fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle. Kat needs time to grow,” says Pa­trick. But like Tbose, part of [Kat’s girl­friend] Candice (Liza van Deven­ter) is jeal­ous of his bond with Mapitsi but she hides her con­cerns from her boyfriend and doesn’t say a thing on Wed­nes­day 26 July. “Katlego doesn’t no­tice that Candice is un­set­tled. He only has eyes for Candice and like Koko, she will have to trust Kat,” says Pa­trick.


Katlego is ex­cited about this new chapter Tues­day 1 Au­gust when he moves out of Koko’s house. “It is an amaz­ing feel­ing! Kat is a ma­ture guy and he needs to see what’s on the other side of life,” says Pa­trick, who adds that his char­ac­ter has proven him­self to be a de­pend­able young man and he should get the chance to live away from home like his var­sity pals Kwaito (Cle­ment Maosa) and Tbose, who he’s en­vied for some time. “Katlego can take care of him­self. He has got an old soul. Liv­ing with Koko has taught him about re­spon­si­bil­ity and now it’s time for him to put those life lessons into use,” says Pa­trick.

Mapitsi doesn’t mind Kat mov­ing in. Koko tells Kat that is isn’t mov­ing out.

Char­ity calms Koko over Kat mov­ing out.

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