Doubt & de­sire

MaNg­cobo’s bad-guy boyfriend is back in town and there’s go­ing to be trou­ble…

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If you think that pen­i­tent pris­oner Nkunzi (Ma­soja Msiza) didn’t find God on Mon­day 31 July so much as he found a Get Out of Jail Free Card, you’re not alone. Nkunzi’s ex­fi­ancée (and ex-hostage) MaNg­cobo (Dawn Than­deka King) is tak­ing this with a big pinch of salt… and a gun in her purse. “She’s an­gry at the fact that he’s got­ten off so eas­ily and she’s an­gry at the fact that peo­ple can just buy the fact that he says he’s a changed man,” says Dawn. Af­ter all, MaNg­cobo knows how easy it is to trick the sys­tem – she did it in Fe­bru­ary this year. “They are kin­dred spir­its in that way. She es­caped be­ing ar­rested by pre­tend­ing she was crazy.” But af­ter Nkunzi be­comes a free man on Thurs­day 3 August, MaNg­cobo starts feel­ing a lit­tle pang doubt… and a lit­tle some­thing else.


Nkunzi makes sure that he’s got a place to stay when he re­turns – there is not way MaNcogbo will let him stay with her again, so he moves in with his brother Qha­banga (Siyabonga Shibe) and daugh­ter Zekheth­elo (Nyal­leng Thibedi). MaNg­cobo is ter­ri­fied when he shows up on her doorstep on Mon­day 7 August – the last time he was there, af­ter es­cap­ing jail on Tues­day 27 June, he shoved a gun in her face and held her hostage in a rage. “Their first en­counter is not good. She pulls a gun on him be­cause he fol­lows her to the house. She does not trust him,” says Dawn. MaNg­cobo is still wary when he tells her that all he wants is to apol­o­gise and get his stuff. But on Tues­day 8 August, Nkunzi tries a trust ex­er­cise with MaNg­cobo by of­fer­ing to let her shoot him.


In­stead of pulling the trig­ger, she starts lis­ten­ing to the ru­mours about the new and im­proved Nkunzi. “She doesn’t buy it at first. But her daugh­ter Nosipho (Nom­pilo Ma­phu­mulo) stays at Qha­banga’s place and she keeps telling MaNg­cobo about the things that he is do­ing that side. He is cook­ing, he prays a lot, he reads the Bi­ble. MaNg­cobo gets to a point where she wants to see this for her­self,” says Dawn. She takes a look at the one thing she has left of Nkunzi’s on Mon­day 14 August, and comes up with a plan. “She re­alises that this is the only way she can get to him, by re­turn­ing the belt he for­got be­hind. No­body would be­lieve that, of course,” laughs Dawn. “It’s an ex­cuse to go and see him. They have this very awk­ward con­ver­sa­tion, a con­ver­sa­tion that is had be­tween peo­ple who are into each other but who are not will­ing to give in to it be­cause of cir­cum­stances. They are hold­ing back but you can see pas­sion.”


View­ers will be go­ing, “Huh, what?” There’s no for­get­ting that MaNg­cobo ruth­lessly kicked Zekheth­elo out of her house de­spite Nkunzi’s pleas for mercy on her be­half while he was in jail… or that Nkunzi ac­tu­ally tried to kill MaNg­cobo’s son Mx­olisi (Nay Maps) in early July. But those kids don’t stand a chance when the pair lock eyes. “They re­ally care about their chil­dren. They’re just too caught up in their own lives. There is never a point where they talk about the fact that they need to make peace with the chil­dren,” ad­mits Dawn. “The kids are just col­lat­eral dam­age.”

Not so fast, Nkunzi! The last time he was in MaNg­cobo’s house, she was his hostage.

MaNg­cobo uses Nkunzi’s belt as an ex­cuse to see him.

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