Take it or leave it

The Ma­put­las are dis­ap­pointed when Leeto pre­vents abu­sive Den­nis go­ing to jail.

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De­fence lawyer Leeto (Eric Macheru) is stuck be­tween a rock and a hard place. His boss Ad­vo­cate Bopape (Pa­trick Bok­aba) as­signs him his first big case on Tues­day 17 Oc­to­ber – keep­ing abu­sive spouse Den­nis (Clevy Sek­gala) out of jail. “Leeto knows his fam­ily won’t agree. He takes it to make Bopape proud but he knows there’ll be drama com­ing,” says Eric. Ev­ery­one in Tur­floop would like to see Den­nis locked up for abus­ing Sthoko (In­no­cent Sadiki), but Leeto can’t turn down the op­por­tu­nity to move ahead in his law firm. “A part of Leeto is hes­i­tant – of course he wants to be a pow­er­house like Bopape, but his fam­ily is against Den­nis – and that’s go­ing to be a big prob­lem,” ex­plains Eric.

MIND OVER MAT­TER

Af­ter a night of toss­ing and turn­ing, Leeto comes clean to his men­tor Bopape on Wed­nes­day 18 Oc­to­ber. He tells suc­cess-hun­gry Bopape that he isn’t ready for the neg­a­tive at­ten­tion around the case. That causes con­flict be­tween them. “Bopape is shocked! He can’t be­lieve that Leeto is let­ting his per­sonal opin­ion cloud his judge­ment,” says Eric – whose char­ac­ter fears that his mom Meikie (Har­riet Manamela) will lose her mind when she finds out about the case. While Meikie has ev­ery rea­son to de­spise Den­nis for put­ting her bestie MaN­tuli’s (Dieket­seng Mnisi) daugh­ter through hell, Leeto takes the case any­way and plans to hide it from his fam­ily. “But Meikie finds out, and she is up­set with Leeto,” warns Eric. She tries to con­vince him to drop the case on Fri­day 20 Oc­to­ber. “To Meikie, it’s not just about MaN­tuli’s daugh­ter. She wants to see Den­nis be­hind bars for abus­ing a woman – but that goes against Leeto’s job de­scrip­tion and he con­tin­ues with the case,” says Eric.

KNOCK, KNOCK

With all the drama in the Ma­putla fam­ily, they are shocked when they get a sur­prise visit from Leeto’s wife Mok­gadi’s (Pe­betsi Mat­laila) lon­glost son Noah (Ti­isetso Mashala) later on Fri­day 20 Oc­to­ber. “It’s to­tal chaos,” laughs Eric. The fam­ily is al­ready di­vided by Leeto’s de­ci­sion at work – and this is an­other rea­son for med­dling Meikie to scream and shout at ev­ery turn. “The ten­sion is high in that house. But Leeto and Mok­gadi are stand­ing their ground and not let­ting Meikie con­trol them. It’s go­ing to be a bumpy ride – not only for the case, but Mok­gadi’s new-found re­la­tion­ship with her son,” re­veals the ac­tor.

The Ma­put­las get a sur­prise visit. Leeto goes against his fam­ily’s wishes.

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