Glo­ria and Zinzile’s shout, shove and slap fight goes vi­ral.

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Zinzile Ngema (Gcina Nkosi) put her foot down and told the school that she didn’t want her daugh­ter Lindiwe (Nomvelo Makhanya) to be part­nered with Glo­ria Le­gae’s (Mar­jorie Langa) naughty son Kgosi (Given Stu­ur­man) for a project. But it looks like she stomped on a so­cial landmine be­cause Glo­ria goes bal­lis­tic when she finds out that Zinzile called Kgosi “a bad in­flu­ence”. And Glo­ria pub­licly con­fronts Zinzile on Fri­day 15 Septem­ber in a mom-fight so spec­tac­u­lar that it be­comes an on­line so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion on Mon­day 18 Septem­ber.


Zinzile’s ac­tions con­firm ev­ery­thing that Glo­ria sus­pects about her “snob­bish” neigh­bours. “She’s tried stick­ing her nose in their fam­ily’s mat­ters and they’ve al­ways closed her out,” says Mar­jorie. “She’s al­ways said to her­self, ‘Who do you think you are? You think you’re high and mighty’.” Crit­i­cis­ing Kgosi also touches a raw patch. “Glo­ria hasn’t been part of his life for so long be­cause of her sep­a­ra­tion from his dad, so she pro­tects the boy even if it’s not nec­es­sary. She thinks that her son is an an­gel and that he can do wrong.”


But Zinzile has reached her limit. “A lot of peo­ple have wanted Glo­ria to get a slap. It’s so out of char­ac­ter for Zinzile to be the one who does it, but even she gets fed up with Glo­ria,” laughs Mar­jorie. And when Glo­ria ac­ci­den­tally falls dur­ing the scuf­fle, you can bet she will milk it for all it’s worth. “She says that Zinzile pushed her. She gets crutches from I don’t know where and Glo­ria starts limp­ing. But she’s not even hurt!” The en­su­ing vi­ral video is gravy to Glo­ria, but Mar­jorie her­self sym­pa­thises with Zinzile’s hu­mil­i­a­tion. “It’s so dif­fi­cult even just to be in a public place do­ing some­thing normal and some­one takes pho­tos of it, so I would die! I would shrivel up on that very spot,” she in­sists.


The fam­i­lies cut ties com­pletely on Wednesday 20 Septem­ber shortly af­ter Glo­ria tries to get Zinzile ar­rested. But Lindiwe and Kgosi are go­ing to plot to “fix” the sit­u­a­tion. And as their school teach­ers know, these two aren’t the sharpest crayons in the box. This fight has only just be­gun…

It’s war for Kgosi and Glo­ria (left) against Lindiwe and Zinzile.

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