Skeem Saam

Cle­ment is torn be­tween pro­tect­ing his beaten-up mother and learn­ing to be a man from his abu­sive fa­ther.

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High school stu­dent Cle­ment (Vusi Leremi) usu­ally bot­tles up his emo­tions un­til they over­flow. Com­ing from an abu­sive house­hold has taught him to ex­press him­self with rage, but he’s on a path to adult­hood and that re­quires the young man to grow up and change. “Cle­ment has seen it all. It’s sad that he has to go through yet an­other ob­sta­cle,” says Vusi. To get away from the do­mes­tic drama at home, Cle­ment has spent the year liv­ing with his grand­mother MaN­tuli (Dieket­seng Mnisi), but that’s not far enough away from trou­ble be­cause his ir­re­spon­si­ble dad Den­nis (Clevy Sek­gala) ar­rives unan­nounced on Wed­nes­day 11 Oc­to­ber.

Den­nis tries to con­vince Cle­ment to take his side in court. “What court? What trial?” asks the young­ster. Den­nis has been ac­cused of beat­ing his wife Sthoko (In­no­cent Sadiki) but “Cle­ment wants noth­ing to do with his fa­ther. They have been down this road be­fore

and Cle­ment knows all too well that Den­nis is pre­tend­ing to be the good guy, but he’s just ly­ing,” ex­plains Vusi.

ON THE FENCE

The trial kicks off on Fri­day 13 Oc­to­ber and the com­mu­nity has gath­ered to see it play out. Although he’s sure that his dad is guilty, it’s still tough for Cle­ment to watch Den­nis be­ing dragged down. “He de­serves this. Den­nis has beaten Sthoko close to death and it’s time for him to face up to the mu­sic,” says Vusi. Although Sthoko and her sis­ter Pretty (Ler­ato Marabe) want Den­nis to pay for all the years he has phys­i­cally and men­tally abused Stocko, she later has a chat with Cle­ment about his bro­ken fa­ther-son re­la­tion­ship. “When all is said and done, Den­nis will al­ways be a part of Cle­ment’s life. Sthoko wants her son to know that no mat­ter what the court de­cides, she still wants him to have a re­la­tion­ship with his fa­ther,” ex­plains Vusi.

ON THE EDGE

The court comes to a de­ci­sion on Mon­day 16 Oc­to­ber and Cle­ment’s life is changed for­ever. “He must ac­cept that Den­nis might go to jail for a very long time. Cle­ment thought that he would be happy with the ver­dict but it’s tough to see a life with­out his dad,” says Vusi. But Den­nis isn’t go­ing down with­out a fight and since he’s used to buy­ing his way out of trou­ble, he’s go­ing to make sure that his lawyers use ev­ery trick in the book. “Den­nis has money for days. Ev­ery­one in that court room knows that he’s guilty but he doesn’t want to rot in jail. In­stead, he is pre­tend­ing to be a changed man to get a get-out-of­jail-free card,” adds Vusi.

MAN UP

Cle­ment re­sents his dad for what he’s done, but that doesn’t stop the young man from try­ing to con­tact Den­nis be­hind his mom’s back on Tues­day 24 Oc­to­ber. “Sthoko and Pretty are ter­ri­fied for Cle­ment be­cause he’s still in the grow­ing up phase,” says Vusi. And while go­ing to ini­ti­a­tion school in June 2017 taught him a thing or two about “be­ing a man”, Cle­ment wants to be an obe­di­ent son to both his par­ents while still be­ing an up­stand­ing young man. “Cle­ment is young and he should keep his head held high,” ex­plains Vusi. “It’s not go­ing to be easy, but he is de­ter­mined to get through this.”

Den­nis (right) tries to con­vince his son Cle­ment that he’s not a bad dad and hus­band.

Sthoko is hold­ing her head high de­spite be­ing as­saulted by her hus­band.

Pretty keeps a pro­tec­tive eye over her nephew.

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