Dam­age lim­i­ta­tion

Cheat­ing John asks his daugh­ter-in-law Mok­gadi for help.

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Fix­ing a bro­ken mar­riage is all the more dif­fi­cult when there’s a public af­fair hang­ing over what a cou­ple has built for years. Fierce busi­ness­woman Meikie (Har­riet Manamela) has suf­fered un­re­stricted hu­mil­i­a­tion since July af­ter her Tur­floop neigh­bours learnt that her “not-so-per­fectafter-all” hus­band John (Africa Tsao) fell for younger sin­gle-mom Char­ity (Mak­gofe Moagi). But Meikie isn’t giv­ing up on her vows and she’s out to save what­ever is left of her mar­riage from Wednesday 13 Septem­ber. “Like any mar­ried cou­ple who’ve been to­gether for a long time, Meikie and John had great mo­ments. This is their first ma­jor low point for Meikie who is strug­gling to just up and leave her hubby of three decades,” says Har­riet.

BEG­GING AND PLEAD­ING

Meikie’s sole fo­cus is to bring her fam­ily to­gether on Thurs­day 14 Septem­ber. She humbly asks Char­ity to stay away from John, but Har­riet says that “the ten­sion is def­i­nitely there! Meikie is fu­ri­ous as she was the last per­son to find out about the af­fair”. But one thing re­mains: she’s go­ing to have to put her pride aside if she wants her “per­fect” life back. With the Ma­putla fam­ily grow­ing fur­ther apart on Mon­day 18 Septem­ber, Meikie’s sons Leeto and Tbose (Eric Macheru and Cor­net Mam­abolo) pres­sure their dad to stop hu­mil­i­at­ing their mother and choose once and for all: Meikie or Char­ity. “John comes to a re­al­i­sa­tion: that he’s ac­tu­ally fallen for Char­ity! He’s con­flicted be­cause this is not a silly teen af­fair. He has de­vel­oped strong feel­ings for his mis­tress but he also wants to keep stay with his fam­ily,” ex­plains Har­riet.

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John knows that he can’t have the best of both worlds and he’s got to make a de­ci­sion on Wednesday 20 Septem­ber. And he gets some help that same day from the Tur­floop Times, who splash his af­fair across its front page. “The scan­dal was leaked to a jour­nal­ist at the pa­per and Meikie feels be­lit­tled. The whole world is now read­ing about John’s cheat­ing,” says Har­riet. John asks his daugh­ter-in-law Mok­gadi (Pe­betse Mat­laila) to help him clean his mess on Thurs­day 21 Septem­ber. He wants jour­nal­ist Mok­gadi to run an in­ter­view with him, but Har­riet warns that it’s only go­ing to make things worse for her char­ac­ter. “John wants to di­vorce Meikie and she doesn’t have a clue. She won’t see this com­ing!”

Mok­gadi isn’t sold with John’s plan.

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