Fam­ily fall-out

Lit­tle Busi’s kid­nap­ping send Pu­leng and Suf­fo­cate into a spin, as well as their trou­bled mar­riage.

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Pu­leng (Tebogo Khalo) could never have an­tic­i­pated that a play date at the park with her kids Nqobi and Busi (Kh­wezi Nt­sika Mba­bela and Thato Nt­shubela) would re­sult in dis­as­ter on Wed­nes­day 14 Novem­ber. “Busi is ab­ducted,” says Tebogo with pain in her voice. “The one minute, they are hav­ing a pic­nic and the next, Busi van­ishes into thin air. It hap­pens so fast,” adds the ac­tress. Dazed and pan­ick­ing, Pu­leng calls her over­pro­tec­tive hus­band Suf­fo­cate (Mduduzi Mabaso) but this is an un­think­able sit­u­a­tion that leaves the re­formed gang­ster speech­less. Suffo rushes to the park to help Pu­leng search for his young daugh­ter, only to re­alise what has ac­tu­ally hap­pened. “It’s clear that it’s a kid­nap­ping. Busi would never run off alone and ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing Suffo, la­bels Pu­leng an ir­re­spon­si­ble mom for los­ing Busi,” re­veals Tebogo.

TAK­ING A BEAT­ING

And Suffo isn’t through with Pu­leng – he lashes out at her in frus­tra­tion on Mon­day 19 Novem­ber, com­par­ing her to Busi’s reck­less bi­o­log­i­cal mom Niki (Nolo Phiri) who aban­doned the lit­tle girl in De­cem­ber 2017 when she got in trou­ble with the law. “Their mar­riage is fall­ing apart. Be­tween their con­stant bick­er­ing and him ac­cus­ing Pu­leng of be­ing like Niki, it feels like a night­mare,” ex­plains Tebogo. “Part of Pu­leng be­lieves that she has let her hus­band down. She has al­ways treated Busi as if she was her own. Each day, the search­ing ends with a fight and each day, Suf­fo­cate be­comes more dis­tant from Pu­leng.”

BIT­TER PILL

While he’s fight­ing with Pu­leng, Suffo re­alises that he needs to let Niki know about her daugh­ter and she joins the search on Tues­day 20 Novem­ber. Thing is, Suffo hides Niki’s re­turn from Pu­leng be­cause he be­lieves that just like in the past, his bond with Niki will make his wife jeal­ous, ex­plains Tebogo. “Busi is Niki’s child so she has ev­ery right to be there look­ing for Busi. Suffo should tell Pu­leng though, de­spite know­ing what it will do to their mar­riage: add more stress.” Two wrongs don’t make a right and Pu­leng knows her hus­band well enough to re­alise when he isn’t be­ing hon­est. “Pu­leng no­tices Suffo’s jumpy be­hav­iour [on Tues­day 20 Nov-em­ber] but she doesn’t ask ques­tions be­cause it will lead to an­other fight,” ex­plains Tebogo. “But when Pu­leng finds out that Suffo is ly­ing about Niki be­ing back, there will be trou­ble!”

This park pic­nic will end in tears for Pu­leng when Busi (inset) is kid­napped.

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