Barker Haines’ greed could be his Horizon Deep downfall.
Cunning Barker (Robert Whitehead) always gets his way. But this time the businessman has bitten off more than he can chew with the land claims fight that has been raging for months. He suffered a stroke on Thursday 7 September after being punched in the head by his land claim rival Ofentse (Kabelo Moalusi). On Friday 22 September, viewers will be shocked when the recovering magnate looses his cool at The Duncan Hotel’s Heritage Day event and he turns into a raging lunatic with an eye-patch.
FRUSTRATED TO A FAULT
What’s meant to be a day of pride and South Africanism turns into a day filled with anger. Barker storms the stage on Friday 22 September to interrupt a speech from Nikiwe (Linda Sokhulu) and angrily claims that “nobody will take The Duncan away from me and nobody can take the land from me either!” explains Isidingo director Keke Mphumthi. “Barker’s head is on the chopping block for the land claim issues that he has caused. Those opposing Barker and questioning how he obtained the land, they aren’t happy at all and they want to see the mighty Barker Haines fall.” And they could be getting their wish – in the middle of his rant, Barker begins to feel faint and touches the side of his head to steady himself. “He’s meant to be taking it easy,” adds Keke. “He is not as strong as he once was. He really isn’t in good shape.” Before Barker even has the chance of collapsing, he is led off the stage and out the event by a stunned Nikiwe and his nephew Bradley (Izak Davel), who has been at his side the whole time.
While Barker is escorted out one door, a mob of protesters storm through another. They have placards and are chanting “down with Barker!” They’re being led by miner Matlala (Robert Mpisi) and insist that Barker dare not touch their land. “The protesters hold their signs and continue to lobby during the cultural event,” says Keke. Detective Eddie (Paul Buckby) tries to calm the protesters and negotiate with them, but his words are lost in all the shouting. “Eddie gets caught up in the middle of it all and gets security to escort the mob out into the courtyard,” explains Keke. “But what Eddie isn’t aware of is that there’s a surprise attack just around the corner…”
Heritage Day is stopped by protesters. Barker lashes out in the middle of the celebrations.