Des­per­ate dad

With Zekheth­elo at death’s door, her fa­ther Nkunzi’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­form is on thin ice.

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The trou­ble with leav­ing be­hind a life of crime is that the door back into that life doesn’t shut for good the mo­ment that you open a bi­ble – it’s al­ways just a lit­tle bit ajar. And Nkunzi’s (Ma­soja Msiza) prison re­form is about to re­ceive its great­est chal­lenge yet on Wed­nes­day 11 Oc­to­ber when he gets a call from the hos­pi­tal. With no money com­ing in to pay for bet­ter treat­ment fol­low­ing his daugh­ter Zekheth­elo’s (Nyal­leng Thibedi) in­jury sus­tained in an at­tack tar­get­ing at Nkunzi on Tues­day 3 Oc­to­ber, her doc­tors are weigh­ing up send­ing her to a hospice. But when a des­per­ate fa­ther reaches out to his so­called friends on Thurs­day 12 Oc­to­ber, no one reaches back.


“When days are dark, friends are few. He isn’t mak­ing enough money. He’s heart­bro­ken,” re­veals Ma­soja. “But he doesn’t think of go­ing back to crime. He doesn’t. He be­lieves peo­ple will res­cue him from his sit­u­a­tion like he al­ways does for them. So he feels be­trayed, down and out and no one is there to res­cue him. He feels that the world is a bit­ter place to be, with tears in his eyes.” Even though his pil­lar of strength – MaNg­cobo (Dawn Than­deka King) – of­fers moral sup­port, Nkunzi feels alone. “When MaNg­cobo says to him, ‘We have the the shisanyama, we have the panel­beat­ers’, that doesn’t help,” re­veals Ma­soja. It throws Nkunzi back on the only per­son he can trust: him­self. “In terms of hat­ing other peo­ple, he doesn’t have that venom. But he grew up the hard way, he’s from the school of hard knocks and he re­lies on him­self. He doesn’t trust any­body at all.”


Iso­lated, bit­ter, an­gry and des­per­ate, Nkunzi still holds on. “When Nkunzi broke onto the scene, peo­ple thought that he was too much of a beast. Now Nkunzi is in a prison sit­u­a­tion for an act he didn’t com­mit and the au­di­ence knows the truth. They know he is read­ing his bi­ble,” says Ma­soja. But on Tues­day 24 Oc­to­ber, MaNg­cobo un­cov­ers a shock­ing se­cret that could bring that beast roar­ing back, de­spite Nkunzi’s best in­ten­tions.

Nkunzi hates be­ing help­less and he’s not go­ing to sit by while his daugh­ter’s health de­clines. Zekheth­elo’s con­di­tion is dire.

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