Heal­ing hands

GC’s mother finds her voice af­ter her son nearly loses his life.

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GC (Khaya Dladla) has been forced to live in a world with­out love af­ter be­ing re­jected by both his lover Jojo (Siph­e­sihle Cele) and par­ents Bhomu and MaXimba (Mduduzi Nombela and Ma­bel Mthombeni) when he re­fused to go through with an ar­ranged het­ero­sex­ual mar­riage on Tues­day 1 Au­gust. Since then, GC has lost ev­ery­thing – his joy­ful spirit, his busi­ness, his friends and his rep­u­ta­tion. And now GC’s drunken spi­ral of self- de­struc­tion could cost him his life. He went miss­ing on Tues­day 12 Septem­ber af­ter run­ning into his vi­o­lent for­mer cell­mate Mh­lengi (Than­danani Mjuda Qwabe) – the lu­natic who wanted to rape him. When a group of chil­dren find GC beaten, stabbed, blood­ied and near death in an aban­doned house on Wednesday 13 Septem­ber, it’s not just the doc­tors who’ll be work­ing to save his life…


When GC’s mom MaXimba gets word of what has hap­pened to her son via Jojo and MaMlambo (Gugu Gumede), she drops ev­ery­thing – in­clud­ing a life­long fear of her hus­band – and races to KwaMashu to be at her child’s side on Tues­day 19 Septem­ber. “Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in South Africa is still a hugely un­dealtwith is­sue. There are so many gay kids who try to kill them­selves,” ex­plains Khaya. “I wanted to show that in another sit­u­a­tion, you might not be able to make your wrongs right in time. I am say­ing cor­rect it now – sort your is­sues out now while you can!”


On Mon­day 25 Septem­ber when Bhomu tries to put his foot down in GC’s hospi­tal room and asks his wife, “Why are you wast­ing time with this one?”, MaXimba fi­nally lets him have it. “She didn’t have a voice in the fam­ily. With this story, we wanted to cre­ate a sit­u­a­tion where she breaks out of the chains that she’s in,” ex­plains Khaya. “The neardeath ex­pe­ri­ence brings the mom back to her senses to say, ‘Bug­ger my hus­band, bug­ger the chief. My child is alive and I will be there for him to take care of him’.” And GC is in for an even big­ger sur­prise when he sees how his fa­ther re­acts to be­ing roared at by his wife MaXimba on Tues­day 26 Septem­ber…

“There’s an im­por­tant les­son,” says ac­tor Khaya Dladla (GC). MaXimba stands up to save her son.

Bhomu is put firmly in his place.

A badly beaten-up GC is found barely alive.

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