Bhen­gus branch out

Thanks to a se­cret that could de­stroy the Bhengu clan from its core, their fam­ily tree is a lit­tle twistier than it might ap­pear on the sur­face…

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Busi­ness­man Zimele “Ng­colosi” Bhengu (Mpumelelo Bhu­lose) has built his oil em­pire on the back of his older brother Phakade’s (Sandile Dlamini) cat­tle. But he has no idea that he wouldn’t have his fam­ily legacy ei­ther with­out a lit­tle help from his “big bro”. Like those cat­tle, Zimele’s chil­dren ac­tu­ally be­long to Phakade – thanks to the se­cret tra­di­tional ar­range­ment that their mom MaNdlovu (Thembi Mtshali) made be­tween Phakade and Ng­colosi’s wife MaZulu (Leleti Khu­malo) be­hind his back (four times over eight years) when it turned out that Ng­colosi was se­cretly in­fer­tile. Would he be at all grate­ful if he knew the truth? “There would be war!” says Mpumelelo. “He would not be able to deal with some­thing like this – a lie to end all lies.”

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