Do what you’re told

Sphe’s di­vorce de­mands are scrapped by the fam­ily elders.

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Hold your horses, Sphe (Pearl Monama) – you aren’t get­ting out of your ar­ranged mar­riage to busi­ness­man Mazwi (Musa Ngema) with a sim­ple re­quest. The trou­bled doc­tor might have de­manded a split from her es­tranged hubby on Tues­day 12 Septem­ber, “But the elders tell Sphe that there will not be a di­vorce,” says Pearl. “They tell her that things will ‘work out’ and that every­body will be happy.” Ego­tis­ti­cal Mazwi doesn’t even care about his wife – he wants to keep his baby daugh­ter Rorisang (Lethokuhle Jiyane) and Pearl adds, “This di­vorce is a shock to Mazwi. He isn’t go­ing down eas­ily though!”


Sphe has had enough and wants out, ex­plains Pearl, adding that on Mon­day 18 Septem­ber Mazwi calls in re­in­force­ments. “He gets their fam­i­lies in­volved and he calls them to talk sense into Sphe.” She doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing am­bushed by the fam­ily mem­bers and she is more de­ter­mined than ever to ditch Mazwi. “The elders tell her that ‘ this’ is not how be­ing a Moroka works. A Moroka has dig­nity and re­spect and per­se­ver­ance,” ex­plains Pearl. And the elders aren’t will­ing to lis­ten to Sphe on Tues­day 19 Septem­ber. “It’s their way or the high­way,” says the ac­tress.


Sphe is no fool and she’s tried play­ing nice, but since that’s got her nowhere, she con­sid­ers bring­ing out the big guns on Wednesday 20 Septem­ber. “Sphe is ready to tell Mazwi that he isn’t a dad. If she tells him that Rorisang, the baby he is so de­voted to, is ac­tu­ally his brother Smanga’s (Moopi Moth­ibeli) child, then Sphe will be able to walk out of the mar­riage,” says Pearl. That’s some­thing the elders haven’t counted on – af­ter all, it was their idea for Sphe to fall preg­nant in mid-2016 af­ter learn­ing that Mazwi is in­fer­tile.


Mazwi has plans of his own and on Mon­day 25 Septem­ber he tries to woo back his wife, whether he re­ally wants to or not. “He doesn’t re­alise that he’s go­ing over­board,” says Pearl. “Mazwi is ac­tu­ally fright­en­ing Sphe away but he’s also do­ing this to save face.” The ac­tress adds that “Sphe knows about the bat­tle she’s fac­ing. The elders have told her to suck it up and isn’t go­ing to hap­pen quickly. She’s ready for war!”

Baby Rorisang is go­ing to be used as a tool in any di­vorce. Sphe (right) is unim­pressed when the elders tell her what to do with her mar­riage to Mazwi (blue shirt).

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