Cop on the edge

Hon­est de­tec­tive Mondli’s frus­tra­tion with the sys­tem drives him to dan­ger­ous ex­tremes.

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Mondli (Them­binkosi Th­wala) has worked for months to build enough ev­i­dence to put ATM bomber and ca­reer crim­i­nal Nkunzi Mh­longo (Ma­soja Msiza) be­hind bars on Mon­day 19 June. But Nkunzi es­caped cus­tody twice – on Wed­nes­day 28 June he broke out of jail. The sec­ond time, on Thurs­day 3 Au­gust, the au­thor­i­ties just opened the door and waved him off with their bless­ing. And as the fi­nal, mind-bog­gling hu­mil­i­a­tion, on Thurs­day 17 Au­gust, Mondli’s boss Cap­tain Mthimkhulu (Sfiso Si­ma­mane) or­ders him to apol­o­gise and thank Nkunzi for do­ing Mondli’s job for him. “It drives him mad!” says Them­binkosi. “He has all this ev­i­dence but there is noth­ing that he can do be­cause of his su­pe­ri­ors. Peo­ple with money can do what­ever they want. That makes him feel like he is work­ing for noth­ing.”

I WORK ALONE

With the com­mu­nity grum­bling about “use­less” cops and a sys­tem that seems to be work­ing against him, Mondli is iso­lated. His part­ner, who should have his back, is stab­bing Mondli in it in­stead. “Qha­banga (Siyabonga Shibe) is Nkunzi’s brother and now Qha­banga is dat­ing Mondli’s ex- girl­friend Nosipho (Nom­pilo Ma­phu­mulo),” laments Them­binkosi. Stoic and pro­fes­sional Mondli is crum­bling and Them­binkosi adds that “Mondli isn’t the type who shows his emo­tions eas­ily. He’s a smart per­son and re­spects peo­ple. He doesn’t want to em­bar­rass peo­ple and em­bar­rass him­self, but he’s frus­trated. Mondli is al­ways fight­ing with Qha­banga now”.

HARD LINE

Mondli’s frus­tra­tion and des­per­a­tion to prove him­self lead to a dan­ger­ous rigid­ity in his ap­proach to the com­mu­nity that be­comes clear in his han­dling of GC (Khaya Dladla) on Tues­day 22 Au­gust. “Mondli knows GC, he’s a good per­son. But he sees GC with a gun and his emo­tions and his frus­tra­tions spill over,” says Them­binkosi. Mondli crosses the line on Wed­nes­day 23 Au­gust when he de­lib­er­ately en­dan­gers GC, putting him in a cell with men he knows will tar­get and tor­ment GC for be­ing gay, in an ef­fort to get him to talk. “Mondli doesn’t think of it, he doesn’t care that much,” ex­plains Them­binkosi. “Now he makes sure if you’re break­ing the law, he’s putting you be­hind bars, whether you’re smart or you’re good guy.” But no mat­ter what he does, Mondli feels there is “some­thing miss­ing in the law”.

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