The party aunty

Trou­ble­maker teen Anja bonds with “cool aunt” Wendy.

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Re­bel­lious high-school drop-out Anja (Lee Vis­agie) wants to get out from un­der her par­ents Hen­drik and Lalage’s (Gérard Ru­dolf and Elma Postma) con­trol­ling Chris­tian thumbs. And she got that es­cape route on Tues­day 8 Au­gust when she met her mother’s es­tranged sis­ter Wendy (Michelle Bel­ing). “Anja’s view of the world changes and she re­alises that she’s closer in per­son­al­ity to Aunt Wendy than to her mother,” says Lee.

CRIM­I­NAL RECORD

Out­spo­ken Wendy loses her home in Hori­zon Deep on Wed­nes­day 16 Au­gust and makes a bee­line for Lalage’s place. The sis­ters don’t see eye-to- eye, “But Lalage doesn’t want Wendy to be alone on the streets,” ex­plains Lee. Lalage talks to her hubby but Hen­drik isn’t eas­ily moved. “He sees Wendy as a po­ten­tial bad in­flu­ence on Anja and her brother Zan­dre (De­an­dre Rein­ers),” says Lee. “Wendy has just been paroled af­ter be­ing in­volved in a rob­bery.”

SUR­PRISE ROLE MODEL

Hen­drik should’ve lis­tened to his gut – Anja and Wendy are get­ting on like a house on fire on Thurs­day 17 Au­gust and Lee adds that “they click be­cause Wendy un­der­stands where Anja’s com­ing from. She re­lates to her niece’s sit­u­a­tion”. Wendy also helps Anja with her self- es­teem is­sues about bat­tling at school on Wed­nes­day 23 Au­gust. “Anja and Lalage have no trust in each other and now Anja has shut her mom out from her life,” ex­plains Lee. “Anja sees Wendy as her hero and she’ll do any­thing to make her proud.”

TWO PEAS IN A POD

Lalage is will­ing to for­give and for­get ev­ery­thing Wendy’s done on Thurs­day 24 Au­gust when she sees how her sis­ter is help­ing Anja and en­cour­ag­ing her to go back to school. “But it doesn’t last,” teases Lee. “Wendy’s pa­role of­fi­cers visit [on Fri­day 25 Au­gust] and they’ve brought bad news. She could be go­ing back to jail for an­other crime that she com­mit­ted in early Au­gust…”

Anja (left) and her aunt Wendy are get­ting on. Anja’s par­ents Hen­drik (left) and Lalage.

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