Mo­ment of truth

Lucy’s con­fes­sion to a one-night-stand sends her eaves­drop­ping boyfriend Mrekza run­ning for the hills.

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It’s a tough pill for Mrekza (Kope Mak­gae) to swal­low on Wed­nes­day 10 Oc­to­ber when he over­hears his busi­ness en­tre­pre­neur girl­friend Lucy’s (Manaka Ranaka) con­ver­sa­tion with her brother Cosmo (Ron­nie Nyakale), telling him that she slept with her baby­daddy Jack Mabaso ( Vusi Kunene) ear­lier in the month. “He is dev­as­tated,” says Kope, whose char­ac­ter trans­formed from town­ship scoundrel to run­ning a suc­cess­ful she­been just to im­press his lady love. Lucy won’t see it as clear- cut as Mrekza though – their re­la­tion­ship has been any­thing but smooth since they started fight­ing in April about a baby. “It’s brought out the worst of them! They’re con­stantly ar­gu­ing and bick­er­ing, but he didn’t think that she’d ever cheat on him,” adds the ac­tor. While Mrekza has a mil­lion ques­tions run­ning through his head, he isn’t the con­fronta­tional type and he con­sid­ers mov­ing out with­out telling Lucy. Thing is, leav­ing the woman he loves is go­ing to be harder than Mrekza imag­ines, teases Kope.

THE TIP OF THE ICE­BERG

With­out dis­cussing de­tails, Mrekza packs his bags and heads for the door on Thurs­day 11 Oc­to­ber. “He has made up his mind. It’s over and he is go­ing to move in with his friend Mazwi (Musa Ngema),” says Kope. “Be­fore he goes, he men­tions the con­ver­sa­tion that Lucy had with Cosmo and it’s a light­bulb mo­ment for Lucy,” ex­plains Manaka. Lucy tries ev­ery­thing imag­in­able to make him stay. “She begs and screams and cries, but it seems like there is no com­ing back from be­trayal. He is done,” says the ac­tress. “They have bro­ken up about 10 times al­ready, but this time feels like they’re done for good,” adds Manaka. “Hav­ing sex with Jack didn’t mean any­thing, it hap­pened in the heat of the mo­ment. She hasn’t felt at­trac­tive in a long time and all that Mrekza wants is a baby and she feels in­ad­e­quate for not be­ing able to give him one. She felt de­sir­able and beau­ti­ful when she was with Jack, like she is a woman,” ex­plains Manaka.

NO CHILD’S PLAY

The hard­est part for Mrekza is ac­cept­ing the man that Lucy chose to cheat with. “She al­ready has a child with Jack. Their daugh­ter Namhla (Thulisile Phon­golo) might be an adult but they share some­thing that Mrekza is en­vi­ous of,” ex­plains Kope. “Dif­fi­cul­ties in con­ceiv­ing a baby hasn’t only been hard for Lucy. It’s been a hard process for Mrekza too and he feels inse­cure now more than ever. He is dis­ap­pointed that she chose her ex over him.” Lucy even breaks into Mazwi’s house on Fri­day 12 Oc­to­ber to try to talk to Mrekza but she’s sim­ply thrown out.

SET­TLING THE SCORE

Lucy has an­other plan on Tues­day 16 Oc­to­ber but it’s one that has Manaka scratch­ing her head. “Hir­ing a pros­ti­tute and telling Mrekza to sleep with her to even the score? No, no, no – it’s crazy!” Mrezka re­fuses point blank and tells her that equalling her sin won’t fix the prob­lems in their re­la­tion­ship. “He loves her. Even with this be­trayal, he still love Lucy and will for­give her even­tu­ally. Un­til then, he needs to be on his own, away from Lucy and im­por­tantly, away from Jack be­fore he does some­thing silly.”

Mrekza (back) over­hears his girl­friend Lucy tell her brother that she cheated on him.

Mrekza wants noth­ing to do with his ex.

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