Isidingo

Barker Haines’ greed could be his Hori­zon Deep down­fall.

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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.

PROTESTER POWER

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.

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