Puleng pushes her loved ones away to join a religious cult.
In life, moving on requires closure – especially when there’s a death involved. It’s been five years since single-mom Puleng (Tebogo Khalo) lost her daughter Matric (Khanyi Sithole) in a car accident and she still isn’t over the loss. “Puleng’s been grieving on the inside. She focused all her energy on getting other kids to replace Matric and hopefully forget about her altogether,” explains Tebogo. But there’s a big reminder waiting for Puleng on Wednesday 13 September. A familiar customer named Wiseman (Saint Seseli) walks into her shisanyama and tells Puleng that Matric’s dead spirit isn’t at peace. “Puleng totally freaks out! Not only does this guy have all the details about Matric’s death, but he also talks about Puleng’s miserable life. But he offers her a way out,” says the actress.
CHURCH & A PRAYER
Puleng is ready to start her healing journey on Friday 15 September and she tags along when Wiseman invites her to his “church”, where she meets people in a similar position. “Puleng feels at peace. She wants to find out why everything is going wrong in her life and these people have the answers,” says Tebogo. While the year has been a rollercoaster ride for Puleng, like when her now-murdered brother-in-law Themba (Sphamandla Dhludhlu) kidnapped her as she was about to give birth in late May, she believes that bad luck can turn around. “She’s had quite a year. And all that Puleng wants to do is get back on her feet and be happy on the inside like she pretends to be on the outside,” adds the actress.
Puleng sees the fruits of her labour on Monday 18 September when Matric’s spirit “speaks” with her. “Or so Puleng thinks,” laughs Tebogo. But Puleng’s meddling mom Cuba (Magi Noninzi Williams) is worried about how quickly tangled she’s become in the Genesis Fellowship Church. “Puleng doesn’t want to hear anything that Cuba has to say. She continues to visit the church and connect more with ‘Matric’,” says Tebogo. With Puleng in an entirely new headspace by Thursday 21 September, she gets surprising news from the municipality that will grow her shisanyama. “It’s a tender where she gets to cook and grow her business. It’s perfect timing for Puleng as her business is struggling at the moment and she’s convinced that the church just saved her business,” explains Tebogo.
Puleng wants to share her luck and happiness with her husband Suffocate (Mduduzi Mabaso) on Monday 25 September when she invites him to join her at the church, but he isn’t interested. “Puleng is frustrated with him. She feels like she has sacrificed a lot for him now and in the past – and she wants him to do this one thing with her,” says Tebogo. Unlike Puleng, ex- con Suffo has never been a religious person and he isn’t easily convinced on something like this. They end up in a heated argument on Tuesday 26 September and Tebogo says that “Puleng has had enough of being second best! The church has given her power and she wants nothing but to focus on growing her faith – even if it means losing people in her life!”
Puleng is at the centre of the “church’s” prayers.
Suffo doesn’t share Puleng’s beliefs in “miracles”.