Keep­ing Score

Jus­tice’s gam­bling greed leads to tragedy at the ASA gym.

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Wher­ever a bet is be­ing placed, gym owner Jus­tice (Saint Se­seli) is sure to fol­low. His lat­est money-mak­ing scheme is a box­ing match be­tween his gym champ Ton­gai “The Body” (Kag­iso Rathebe) and Dh­lamini “The Crocodile” (Thabiso Non­dun­yelwa), the champ from Jus­tice’s ri­val Smoke (Christopher Kub­heka). If Ton­gai wins, Jus­tice will have enough money to keep his ASA gym run­ning. But it turns out that cash isn’t Jus­tice’s only cri­sis!


The gym is buzzing on Mon­day 16 Oc­to­ber as the ASA ath­letes and train­ers pack the stands for the fight. “We’re hyp­ing this up to be as big for the ASA gym as Floyd May­weather and Conor Mc­Gre­gor were for in­ter­na­tional box­ing [in Au­gust],” ex­plains Kag­iso. And the in-ring ac­tion matches the hype, but it’s not look­ing good for Ton­gai who’s im­me­di­ately on the back foot af­ter a heavy blow from The Crocodile. Be­tween rounds, cor­ner­man Jus­tice re­minds his fighter that he needs to win be­cause Jus­tice has a lot on the line. The Crocodile in­sults Ton­gai midround and the red mist sets in. Ton­gai de­liv­ers up­per­cut af­ter up­per­cut, jab and hook one af­ter the other. Even a round 6 knock­down by The Crocodile isn’t enough to stop an en­raged Ton­gai and he con­tin­ues his bloody beat­down as the spec­ta­tors watch on. It wasn’t a sure bet but Jus­tice can feel his luck chang­ing and he can’t hide his ex­cite­ment ring­side.


The bout ends on Tues­day 17 Oc­to­ber but Ton­gai and Jus­tice’s vic­tory isn’t to be en­joyed. The Crocodile slips into a coma and dies later that same day. ASA gym co-owner Mmamosa (So­nia Mbele) wants an­swers from Jus­tice and Ton­gai about who’s tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for The Crocodile’s death – and she isn’t the only one. The me­dia brand the ASA as bru­tal and cor­rupt killers and their in­vestor board dis­cuss shut­ting the gym down. While Mmamosa and Jus­tice ride out the pub­lic­ity storm and keep the gym run­ning, Ton­gai is left in sham­bles. “He is dev­as­tated and an­gry about the events that took place and he reaches out to The Crocodile’s wife El­lie (Mbali Ng­wenya) to find peace of mind,” teases Kag­iso…

Ton­gai is haunted by what he’s done. It’s over for The Crocodile.

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