Man of emo­tion

Em­manuel breaks down when he dis­cov­ers who has sex­u­ally as­saulted his crush Palesa.

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Life is about to get a lot messier for trou­bled teenager Em­manuel (Nkosi Cen­gani). “He feels like he’s in a dark hole [on Fri­day 18 Au­gust] and life isn’t go­ing his way,” ex­plains Nkosi. “He can’t find a job and wastes his free time do­ing noth­ing. He ends up back in his old life­style do­ing drugs”. Em­manuel’s new bestie Vega (Mbasa Msongelo) talks him into smok­ing “a sub­stance” with him and Nkosi says that “it’s at this point that Em­manuel feels like Vega is the only one who un­der­stands him. Their friend­ship is toxic but Em­manuel is blind to that”.

LET’S PARTY

When it comes to friends, Em­manuel has never had a good role model to look up to, but Vega might be the worst yet. He con­vinces Em­manuel that throw­ing a party on Thurs­day 24 Au­gust “is a great idea”. There will be booze, there will be drugs and there will be women! And since he’s home alone, it’s not like Em­manuel is go­ing to get into trou­ble… “Vega prom­ises that they’ll have fun and he tells Em­manuel to in­vite Palesa (Hloni Padi) to the party,” ex­plains Nkosi. What Em­manuel doesn’t know is that Vega’s in­vited his friends and they’re not nice guys at all. Em­manuel plans on telling Palesa that he likes her that night but she’s gone miss­ing at the party. Em­manuel goes in search of his love in­ter­est but he’s not ex­pect­ing to walk in on her be­ing gang raped! And lead­ing the sex­ual as­sault is Vega! “He is stunned,” says Nkosi. “It’s hor­ri­ble! Palesa is un­con­scious and Vega’s friends over­power him and throw him out the room be­fore he can res­cue Palesa.”

GUILT FLEE

In­stead of go­ing to the cops, Em­manuel flees the scene on Fri­day 25 Au­gust and goes into hid­ing. “His fam­ily want an­swers when he comes home,” says Nkosi. “Em­manuel thinks that he has dis­ap­pointed them enough with his past, so he doesn’t want to tell them about Palesa’s rape.” He plots re­venge on Tues­day 29 Au­gust but Nkosi adds, “It will be hard. Vega isn’t some­one you mess with, but Em­manuel’s will­ing to risk ev­ery­thing to avenge Palesa!”

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Em­manuel (right) tries to res­cue Palesa from her rape at­tack­ers.

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