All hail Ce­sar

A dan­ger­ous man from Grace’s past un­cov­ers a deeply held se­cret and uses it to con­trol her.

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As the owner and man­ager of The New­to­nian Ho­tel, glam­orous and el­e­gant Grace Medupe (Batha­bile Mashigo) looks like the ul­ti­mate suc­cess story. News of her ex­cel­lence has reached far and wide… all the way back into her past and to a man she’d rather for­get: Ce­sar (Mpho Molepo – Mthunzi in Za­bal­aza, 20132016). Grace is forced to meet Ce­sar face-to-face again on Wed­nes­day 19 July. But what does he want and why is he rais­ing his head now after nearly 20 years?

HONEY WITH MONEY

Years ago Ce­sar was a man on the rise and Grace was a young woman with big dreams. “She was at school and needed sup­port. And Ce­sar was there for her in the be­gin­ning – and also as a lover,” ex­plains Mpho. “Ce­sar be­lieves that Grace owes him now. His life didn’t turn out to be what he thought it was go­ing to be. And now he has read a news­pa­per and re­alised that she has made it. His ap­proach is: can you pay me back?”

A GREATER DEBT

Grace doesn’t feel the same sense of obli­ga­tion to Ce­sar though, not after what hap­pened on the night of her graduation. Mpho hints that from Ce­sar’s per­spec­tive, he had ev­ery right to do what he did. But his ac­tions lead to Grace car­ry­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence as life­long scar. “She is very an­gry at Ce­sar. She re­ally didn’t want to see this man again in her life be­cause she still holds that pain,” ex­plains Mpho. And it’s be­cause Ce­sar doesn’t see what hap­pened in the same light as Grace does that he’s here now. “He has made up things in his mind about the pos­si­bil­ity of them get­ting back to­gether. He sees him­self hav­ing shares in The New­to­nian ho­tel. He is look­ing for­ward to get­ting ev­ery­thing that he wants from her.”

LEVER­AGE

Grace has ev­ery in­ten­tion of send­ing cocky Ce­sar pack­ing un­til he un­cov­ers her most des­per­ately kept se­cret on Fri­day 21 July. And when he uses it to stick around, the other men in Grace’s life – Neo (Jerry Mo­fo­keng Wa Makhetha), Romeo (Hun­gani Ndlovu) Siseko (Hlomla Dan­dala) – are go­ing to have a lot say.

Grace’s fears come true when Ce­sar ar­rives.

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