Drama with mama

Tho­bile is serv­ing a les­son to her de­mand­ing mom Moliehi as their feud sinks to new lows.

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“Don’t mis­take this for teen angst,” warns Ker­trice Maitisa. “Tho­bile is an adult. She is 23. She knows what she is do­ing by get­ting a wait­ress­ing job. It’s to rub it in her mom Moliehi’s (Vatiswa Ndara) face be­cause Moliehi has an ego. It’s a case of ‘you are my daugh­ter and you will not lower your­self to be a wait­ress.” Tho­bile has just re­turned home af­ter a year over­seas to get over her dad’s off­screen death, so com­ing home to a new step­dad – James (Din­gaan Mokebe) – a new fam­ily and liv­ing ar­range­ments “doesn’t sit well with her,” re­veals the ac­tress. “Tho­bile has al­ways been closer to her fa­ther, so there is this gap with her mother.” And that’s a prob­lem for con­trol­ling busi­ness­woman Moliehi…

CON­TROL QUEEN

“Moliehi likes to know what’s go­ing on with ev­ery­one and have a hand in how they live,” ex­plains Ker­trice. “She is this way be­cause of the hard­ships she had to en­dure in her past and Tho­bile work­ing at a restau­rant just isn’t on. You should’ve seen the look on Moli- ehi’s face [on Fri­day 18 May] when her daugh­ter brought her her or­der at the restau­rant! It’s price­less!” But it’s not that easy for Tho­bile, who took the job be­cause it was the only work on of­fer af­ter she was cut off on Fri­day 11 May. “Tho­bile be­ing an adult and get­ting a job made Moliehi happy be­cause it showed that her ‘spoilt’ daugh­ter was grow­ing up, but Moliehi didn’t think that Tho­bile would take some­thing this be­neath her,” ad­mits Ker­trice.

ODD ONE OUT

Tho­bile feel­ing out of place has some­thing to do with her be­hav­iour, adds the ac­tress. “James is try­ing to be an al­most fa­ther fig­ure but he is walk­ing on eggshells and Tho­bile also isn’t sure how to re­act to him in her life. James is a good man but he isn’t her dad.” Maybe a strong male fig­ure is ex­actly what she needs, be­cause life is go­ing to get messier for Tho­bile thanks to a stranger who doesn’t have her best in­ten­tions in mind on Fri­day 25 May.

Tho­bile’s wild be­hav­iour like sneak­ing in af­ter a night out an­noys Moliehi.

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