Re­bound or ro­mance?

Imani and James are hid­ing se­cret ren­dezvous from peo­ple.

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Things take an in­ter­est­ing and un­ex­pected turn on Thurs­day 17 Au­gust for young woman Imani and el­der gen­tle­man James (Zonke Mchunu and Din­gaan Mokebe). Their deep con­ver­sa­tion about past re­la­tion­ships leaves a last­ing im­pres­sion on both of them and it’s clear to see that there’s a sim­mer of in­ter­est in both Imani and James’s eyes. Is this the start of le­git love or just a fleet­ing fancy?

ODD COU­PLE

Imani is no stranger to get­ting in­volved in ex­ist­ing ro­mances – she ru­ined her aunt Than­daza and Ran­thu­meng’s (Sindi Dlathu and Brian Temba) mar­riage in 2016 when she moved in with them. But that’s in the past – the ladies kiss, make-up and move past their is­sues on Fri­day 18 Au­gust. Din­gaan ex­plains that “Imani lets go of Ran­thu­meng and at the same time, James is over his ex- girl­friend Ntha­be­leng [Mona Monyane]. They bump into each other while out on the town and a sim­ple chat be­tween the two sin­gle­tons be­comes a lot deeper and they con­fide their in each other about their fail­ing ro­man­tic lives. It’s like they have found com­fort in each other’s arms”. The pair try to keep their en­counter a se­cret but it seems the uni­verse has other plans.

GET­TING DEEP

A car break­down on Wed­nes­day 23 Au­gust brings Imani and James closer. They have no one else to talk to while wait­ing for road­side as­sis­tance – they are on the way to a party for Than­daza’s new grand­child and Din­gaan adds, “They en­joy each other’s com­pany. At this stage, James doesn’t know where he wants to go with this ‘ thing’ that he has with Imani. In his eyes, she is a re­bound [from Ntha­be­leng]. He is lonely and finds com­fort in talk­ing to her and spend­ing time with her.” But Imani is read­ing too much into his friendly na­ture and sub­tly hints at dat­ing James on Mon­day 28 Au­gust.

GO­ING WITH THE FLOW

Imani refers to James as her “mys­tery man” around her friends and fam­ily so that no­body can say any­thing about their “re­la­tion­ship” on Tues­day 29 Au­gust. “James doesn’t want to get in­volved in Imani and Ran­thu’s past or even with Imani and Than­daza’s friend­ship,” says Din­gaan. “He wants to keep away from all of that and not get in­volved [he’s cur­rently feud­ing with Than­daza over miss­ing money at their busi­ness]. If things work out, so be it. But that’s not what he’s af­ter right now…”

James’s ex Ntha­be­leng.

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