MaNgcobo is tricked and trapped in Sunnyhill, until an old friend reaches out a deadly hand.
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The evening following MaNgcobo’s (Dawn Thandeka King) “haunted” engagement party was a nightmare on Wednesday 6 September. She was wrestled to her bed in her bathrobe by “white coat” orderlies from the Sunnyhill asylum before being carted off like a violent lunatic. Her new fiancé Nkunzi (Masoja Msiza) stood by and let it happen without protest. “MaNgcobo gets thrown back into Sunnyhill so easily,” says Dawn. “This is a time when she would have preferred for Nkunzi to take her side, for her lover to believe that weird things are happening. What breaks her heart is that Nkunzi doesn’t believe that she is actually not sick.” MaNgcobo is as sane as she ever was and she has an axe to grind…
NKUNZI FINDS OUT
Ever since Thursday 6 September, MaNgcobo’s been wrestling with the knowledge that Nkunzi’s first wife Innocentia (Sthandwa Nzuza) not only survived their supposed “fight to the death” on Thursday 20 April, she deliberately got MaNgcobo sent away to Sunnyhill so that she could take over her life again. Innocentia has the advantage of never having had her sanity called into question at all. She admits to Nkunzi on Tuesday 19 September that she stayed away from KwaMashu after MaNgcobo tried to kill her. And when Nkunzi confronts MaNgcobo about the murder attempt on Wednesday 20 September, he already believes that she is violently insane.
It’s a position that automatically casts doubt on any claims MaNgcobo might make about “killing” Innocentia in self- defence (which is true) and it plays right into Innocentia’s hands. “MaNgcobo feels powerless and she doesn’t know what to do because now Nkunzi really believes that she’s crazy. Nkunzi is furious. He says that he doesn’t want to see her ever again.” And later that night, Innocentia goes back to the hospital to show off her shiny new engagement ring to the woman she’s replacing. “Innocentia reveals that she and Nkunzi are going to renew their vows and that kind of kills MaNgcobo inside,” says Dawn.
But MaNgcobo isn’t completely without allies – whether she knows it or not. On Monday 25 September, her old asylum frenemy Patjuju (Lindiwe Ndlovu) – MaNgcobo’s dangerously unstable roommate from when officer Mondli (Thembinkosi Thwala) originally had Lindiwe committed to Sunnyhill in February this year – drops in for a visit. “The dynamic between them has shifted a bit because Patjuju is on her way out of Sunnyhill,” reveals Dawn. “She’s about to be released from the mental asylum and their friendship is stronger, so there isn’t that obsession that Patjuju had the first time round. Now it’s more of a friendship, more wanting to really protect MaNgcobo and just be her friend. It’s actually a fun moment. This is where MaNgcobo realises that she has an ally in Patjuju and they can scheme together to take down Innocentia,” laughs Dawn.
A LITTLE FAVOUR
“Patjuju wants the word from MaNgcobo and she’ll kill Innocentia now. She will do it!” warns Dawn. “Patjuju’s loyalty is the one thing that gives MaNgcobo hope for how she could now get rid of Innocentia. The solution is for Patjuju to commit murder!” And it turns out MaNgcobo could really use that kind of favour about now, because while she and Patjutju are planning to kill off the competition, guess who is thinking exactly the same thing? Innocentia has Nkunzi’s brother Qhabanga (Siyabonga Shibe) on her side and on Friday 22 September, she asks him to do her a little favour…
We’ll be biting our nails as to who will strike first and how, especially when Patjuju rings Innocentia’s doorbell on Tuesday 26 September…
MaNgcobo gets an unwelcome visit from Nkunzi, who doesn’t believe a word she says.
Innocentia is all smiles as her plans play out.
Patjuju will do anything to save her friend.