Where there’s smoke

Celia threat­ens to leave Al­fred when he gets the fam­ily in fi­nan­cial trou­ble.

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Tur­floop’s dead­beat high-school teacher Al­fred Magongwa’s (Putla Sehlapelo) has be­come the town’s laugh­ing stock again. His ex­pen­sive car that com­ple­ments his fancy house has him drown­ing in debts on Wed­nes­day 19 July. The bank has him cor­nered with his late pay­ments and “there is nowhere in the world that Al­fred is re­turn­ing the car! He wants to im­press ev­ery­one who has al­ways looked down on him,” says Putla, whose char­ac­ter is hid­ing his fi­nan­cial woes from his loyal wife Celia (Shoki Se­bot­sana). “Celia is go­ing to lose it! She has been warn­ing Al­fred about his ex­ces­sive spend­ing and he doesn’t want to hear the ‘I told you so’ com­ment when he tells her that they are run­ning low on money,” adds Putla.

COUGH IT UP

Al­fred is out of ideas about rais­ing funds on Fri­day 21 July and his only op­tion is to come clean to his fam­ily about his money mis­take. “It’s dif­fi­cult for Al­fred to be in this po­si­tion. They are dis­ap­pointed in him and Celia tells him to make a plan – and fast,” says Putla. Al­fred vis­its Celia’s ex-brother- in-law Charles (Masilo Magoro) on Mon­day 24 July to ask him to give back the money that Celia loaned him ear­lier this year to clear off his debts. “Charles gives him the run around, but Al­fred is adamant: he wants his wife’s money back,” says Putla. Charles prom­ises to give him the money as soon as pos­si­ble and “it’s one less worry for Al­fred. He knows that it will patch up wher­ever it can,” adds the ac­tor.

LET’S TALK

It won’t patch the holes in Al­fred’s mar­riage though while he waits for Charles to pay him on Tues­day 25 July. Celia calls a fam­ily meet­ing to ask her kids Rachel and Nim­rod (Le­sego Marakalla and Buhle Maseko) for their money that their late-dad Ben (Steven Mbedzi) left them for var­sity. “It’s also not a lot of money but it will help out,” says Putla, but they refuse and tell Al­fred to get him­self out of his mess. “The kids have never re­spected broke Al­fred and this makes it worse,” ex­plains Putla, and Celia is tired of him too on Fri­day 28 July. She re­sents Al­fred for putting their sav­ings and all they’ve worked hard for on the line. “Celia wants to leave but she has al­ready sold her old house. She’s got nowhere to go but to fix things with her ir­re­spon­si­ble hubby,” sug­gests Putla.

Celia packs up her things, leav­ing Al­fred to fix his mess.

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