Ris­ing in arms

Andile’s new­found promis­cu­ity is test­ing his fam­ily’s lim­its.

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En­ti­tled rich-kid Andile (Lunga Mo­fo­keng) goes from up­tight closet- case gay to hav­ing sex with any­one who shows an in­ter­est in him on Thurs­day 11 Oc­to­ber. “He be­lieves that it’s the only way to dis­tract him from think­ing about his ex-boyfriend Njab­ulo (Siyabonga Se­po­tokele) who has moved on,” says Lunga with raised eye­brows. Andile drowns his sor­rows at the bar and par­ties into the night with the wrong peo­ple. “He even hangs out in Re­filwe town­ship, some­thing he did only when he was se­cretly dat­ing his de­ceased ex Happy (TK Se­both­oma) ear­lier this year,” adds the ac­tor. While Andile’s be­hav­iour change is sex­u­ally lib­er­at­ing for him, it’s taint­ing his con­trol­ling mom Lindiwe’s (Sindi Dlathu) busi­ness rep­u­ta­tion, which is why she de­cides to in­ter­vene.

BREAK­ING THE RULES

News trav­els fast and Andile’s fam­ily are an­noyed with his ac­tions by Fri­day 12 Oc­to­ber. “He picks up guys at clubs and they stay overnight at his house, which irks his par­ents,” says Lunga. The fam­ily re­serve their opin­ions for the time be­ing, es­pe­cially af­ter Andile tried to com­mit sui­cide in April when ho­mo­pho­bic Lindiwe tried to force him to marry his then- girl­friend Faith (Anele Zondo) to save her busi­ness with a cash in­vest­ment from Faith’s rich par­ents. “His fam­ily don’t want to drive him fur­ther away, so his sis­ters Nomonde and Mbali (Linda Mtoba and Zenokuhle Maseko) urge Andile to use pro­tec­tion and fight for Njab­ulo rather than hide his feel­ings.” But it’s dif­fi­cult for Andile to ac­cept that Njab­ulo could be happy with some­one else, ex­plains Lunga. “And he keeps push­ing Andile away. So why should he fight for it?”

DOMINO EF­FECT

Lindiwe has egg on her face on Wed­nes­day 17 Oc­to­ber when she learns that her son is hot gos­sip among the min­ers and she tears into Andile. “She threat­ens to kick him out and strip him of his al­lowance,” says Lunga. For the first time in his life, the young­ster fights back at his mom. “Hang­ing out in Re­filwe, with con­fi­dent and open gays, gives Andile a voice. He un­der­stands him­self more than ever and that he loves Njab­ulo more than he thought.” It’s all good and well for Andile to stand up to his mom now, while his sex­ca­pades are just talk among her em­ploy­ees. But what will her in­vestors say later in Oc­to­ber when Andile’s sex-tape goes vi­ral? Some­thing tells us that ev­ery­thing we’ve seen of Lindiwe’s tem­per so far is scratch­ing the sur­face.

Lindiwe is ready to take her wild son down a notch. Andile ac­cepted that he was gay on his wed­ding day and it’s been down­hill since then.

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