Wed­ding or warn­ing bells

Zekheth­elo thinks that her prayers have been an­swered when Mx­olisi pro­poses.

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Life in the fast lane nearly killed Zekheth­elo (Nyal­leng Thibedi) when she over­dosed on drugs on Wed­nes­day 29 Au­gust. Since then, this young woman has been us­ing the cross of faith to crawl out of the pit. “She is an ex­trem­ist, so she went from drug abuse to be­ing born again. Now she is all about be­ing ‘clean’,” ex­plains Nyal­leng. On Mon­day 15 Oc­to­ber, Zekhe gave her lover Mx­olisi (Nay Maps Mapha­lala) an ul­ti­ma­tum: it’s mar­riage and a fam­ily-friendly fu­ture to­gether, or noth­ing. But while Zekheth­elo is been fill­ing her life with church and prayer, Mx­olisi has se­cretly been dodg­ing death, caught between ri­val gangs run by his un­cle Mkhonto (Bonga Dlamini) and Zekheth­elo’s dad Nkunzi (Ma­soja Msiza). Does this sound like the foun­da­tion for a happy mar­riage, any­one? No! But to Zekheth­elo, it is proof of the power of prayer when Mx­olisi pops the ques­tion on Mon­day 10 De­cem­ber.

FAITH HEAL­ING

Mx­olisi isn’t the only one dodg­ing death. Zekheth­elo’s mom­fig­ure Gabisile (Baby Cele) and Nkunzi got fright­en­ing news about Zekheth­elo’s health on Thurs­day 29 Novem­ber. “She still has some­thing go­ing on in­ter­nally from the drug abuse,” says Nyal­leng. “But she feels like her faith is go­ing to get her healed, as if she is im­mor­tal with her faith. When ev­ery­one around her is pes­simistic, she is like, ‘Oh no, I’ve got this. I’ve been pray­ing’.” Gabisile isn’t so sure though and be­hind Zekheth­elo’s back, she gets talk­ing to Mx­olisi about his duty to Zekheth­elo on Thurs­day 6 De­cem­ber.

BROUGHT TO HIS KNEES

“If you asked Sis Baby about her char­ac­ter, she prob­a­bly wouldn’t de­scribe her as a bully, but that’s how she comes across to Mx­olisi,” Nyal­leng says, laugh­ing. “She is re­ally ma­nip­u­la­tive – and in Mx­olisi’s case, she wants him to get mar­ried and have a stable life.” So on Mon­day 10 De­cem­ber, Zekheth­elo gets the pro­posal thrill of her life. “She is in La-la Land. She is on cloud 9 when it hap­pens and it’s right af­ter she comes out of hos­pi­tal, so it feels like an act of prayer. Funny enough it also hap­pens in a man­ner that in her eyes is ideal. If you like sushi and I put a ring in your sushi? That sort of thing,” hints the ac­tress.

ROSE-COLOURED GLASSES

Zekheth­elo can find no fault in their fu­ture. “She has this idea that they will get mar­ried, they will go through their hon­ey­moon and have chil­dren. Mx­olisi is go­ing to get more in­volved in the church and they will some­day run the church,” says Nyal­leng. “I can re­late to her be­cause I’ve been there; I used to not be­lieve in God and then I found God and when I did, it was so ex­treme that all I ever saw was the pos­i­tive side of things. In her head, once she cleans up her re­la­tion­ship, that re­la­tion­ship is clean. And in her head, that ‘let us get mar­ried’ – that is the clean-up! And then it’s all rosy as long as she has prayer on her side.”

YOU’RE DREAM­ING!

But be­hind Zekheth­elo’s back, Mx­olisi tries to weasel out of the wed­ding on Thurs­day 13 De­cem­ber by threat­en­ing to can­cel every­thing if the Mdlet­shes don’t pay lobola. Bliss­fully ig­no­rant, Zekheth­elo forges ahead with wed­ding plans. “She wants a white wed­ding. She’s like a reg­u­lar, model- C type chick. She doesn’t know what hap­pens at the lobola. Her whole thing in her head is the wed­ding of her dreams. As an ac­tor, my imag­i­na­tion went wild, but what we show is just her look­ing at mag­a­zines, then look­ing for a wed­ding plan­ner, the venue, the dress, hair, her make-up and all the rest”. With dis­as­ter headed Mx­olisi’s way in late De­cem­ber though, Nyal­leng hints that “it doesn’t even get to the dress, even­tu­ally”. The an­swer to Zekheth­elo’s prayers might not be the one she wants, but it could be the one that she needs.

Mx­olisi makes Zekheth­elo’s dreams come true But be­hind the scenes his arm is be­ing twisted

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