Pill power

Lungile swaps Bongi’s med­i­ca­tion to steal Red Records.

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Bongi and Lungile’s (Thembi Seete and Me­shack Mavuso) mar­riage is barely a month old and it’s sink­ing like Ti­tanic. They tied the knot in a quickie cer­e­mony in June 2017 and Lungile is re­fus­ing to stop his af­fair with his record exec co-worker Ler­ato (Sa­mukelo Ndlovu). “It’s such a mess!” says Thembi. “Lungile wants con­trol of the Red Record la­bel that his wife owns”. And he’s not be­low drug­ging her to get it, hints the ac­tress. “Bongi is us­ing al­co­hol re­cov­ery pills [to make her stay away from booze] and Lungile swaps them out for hal­lu­cino­genic drugs on Mon­day 24 July,” says Thembi. The pills look the same, so Bongi won’t re­alise that she’s be­ing drugged and will think that she’s go­ing crazy…

MED­I­CAL MIS­DE­MEANOUR

“He wants peo­ple to think that Bongi is in­ca­pable of run­ning the com­pany,” says Thembi. Lungile helped her kick her al­co­hol habit in Novem­ber 2016 when she abuse the bot­tle in guilt – she blamed her­self for her hubby Doc’s (Dumisani Mbebe) death and “Lungile uses that to get Bongi back into her frag­ile state. He knows her bet­ter than any­one. When he switches those pills, she’ll go crazy,” adds Thembi.

CROSSED FIN­GERS

Lungile is plan­ning to snatch Red, kick Bongi to the curb and start over with Ler­ato. But there’s an­other hitch: right now, ev­ery­thing in the house be­longs to Doc’s es­tate and that will take time for him to grab. Bongi starts tak­ing the re­place­ment pills on Tues­day 25 July and while she feels a lit­tle “weird and woozy, she ig­nores it be­cause those are her pills,” says Thembi. Bongi got the idea to ditch Bongi when she was more fo­cused on her celeb life­style than her per­sonal life. “She didn’t even have time to plan their wed­ding,” says Thembi. “She’s been fo­cused on her new al­bum, tour­ing and per­form­ing that she for­got about her hus­band!” Bongi is feel­ing off the next day on Wed­nes­day 26 July and that ac­tress says that “watch out! She’s back! It’s the old, messy Bongi – some­thing that she’s been fight­ing to never be again!”

DOWN & OUT

Lungile doesn’t bat an eye­lid on Thurs­day 27 July when Bongi’s name is men­tioned at Red Records for all the wrong reasons. “She’s los­ing it. She can’t ex­plain sim­ple things and that makes peo­ple question her,” says Thembi. One such per­son ques­tion­ing out- of- con­trol Bongi is her love ri­val – “Ler­ato knows that Bongi has been stick­ing to her re­cov­ery plan. She can’t put her foot on it right now, but she wants to get to the bot­tom of Bongi’s strange be­hav­iour,” says Thembi. “She doesn’t not think that Lungile is be­hind it. He loves Bongi, right?”

Ler­ato pours a trou­ble Bongi wa­ter for her med­i­ca­tion.

Bongi doesn’t know that she’s tak­ing “drugged” pills.

Lungile plays dumb when Ler­ato points out Bongi’s odd be­hav­iour.

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