An eye for an eye
Nina is left blind and without her shebeen when Lincoln discovers that she’s behind his medical woes.
Nina (Khabonina Qubeka) isn’t used to being the underdog, so her sangoma Dlangamandla’s (Keneilwe Matizze) vision and warning on Tuesday 13 November leaves her unsettled. Her enemy Lincoln (Lindani Nkosi) is coming for her. “For the first time, Nina is distraught and unsure of herself,” warns Khabonina. “She used spells in October to make Lincoln go blind as part of their ongoing war. Now Lincoln wants revenge and he is going to attack – she just doesn’t know where, when or how.” Nina won’t have to wait long to find out that Lincoln is going to give her a taste of her own medicine after consulting his sangoma on Wednesday 14 November, explains Khabonina. “Before he even asks Gatanga (Amos Ketlele) to restore his eyesight, Lincoln demands that Nina be exposed to the community. He wants her in jail, begging him for forgiveness.” It’s one thing getting even with Nina, beating her is a whole other story though.
DOWN AND OUT
Nina wakes up blind later on Wednesday 14 October. “She freaks out. It just happens – boom, in an instant,” says Khabonina. “She gets to Dlangamandla but there is nothing that she can do for Nina.” The sangoma tells Nina that Lincoln has somehow reversed her spell and since they threw the first stone, they can’t reverse this reversal. Nina’s assistant Cebisa (Nasiphi Ntabeni) helps her get around but this couldn’t have come at a worse time for Nina, says the actress. “She’s been fighting to keep her shebeen running following rumours in October that it was haunted by the spirit of Hector (Shepherd Sibisi), the gangster that Nina murdered and buried under the stage in 2016. She isn’t making enough money. Her bills are piling up and her customers have turned their backs against her. It’s awful for Nina.”
FUEL TO THE FIRE
Lincoln’s thirst for blood isn’t satisfied though and on Friday 16 November he tells his miners that Nina is a witch and tried to kill him. Riled up, they torch the shebeen with Nina inside. “There are flames everywhere, trapping her,” exclaims Khabonina. “But while Dlangamandla helps her to safety, worse is waiting outside.” The police take Nina into custody while they’ve re-opened Hector’s murder docket and she’s in trouble for casting spells. Still blind, Nina will be a sorry sight whimpering in prison. But while she can’t see, Nina will gain insight into what she must do to save her eyes – whether she likes it or not: apologise to Lincoln.
Nina is forced to feel her way around when Lincoln steals her eyesight.