In two minds

Sphe is in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion: rekin­dle her trou­bled mar­riage with volatile Mazwi or choose his car­ing brother Smanga.

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Mazwi (Musa Ngema) has been in a bullish mood for the last week af­ter re­turn­ing to town and he makes his de­mand clear on Wed­nes­day 5 De­cem­ber: his wife Sphe (Pearl Monama). “Af­ter much con­sid­er­a­tion, he is ready to for­give Sphe for hav­ing a baby with his brother Smanga (Moopi Moth­ibeli) – it was forced by the el­ders af­ter all.” That’s go­ing to be a lot of hard work for the busi­ness­man be­cause Smanga is block­ing his path yet again, ex­plains Pearl. “When Mazwi walked out on his wife and ‘ their’ child Rorisang (Ditho­riso Mosaka) in Au­gust, he didn’t want to speak to her. He even warned her not to con­tact him. He wanted to get on with his life in his way and with no links to his be­tray­ers.” But while Mazwi was away, Sphe grew closer to Smanga af­ter he took a big­ger in­ter­est in his daugh­ter. “Sphe is con­flicted with this new sit­u­a­tion. She has a bond with Smanga but Mazwi is still her hus­band, which makes this de­ci­sion all the more harder. This is some­thing that she will need to think about and some­one will be hurt,” adds Pearl.

OFF THE TRACK

Why the sud­den change for Mazwi? “He has re­alised that his wife was the vic­tim,” says Musa. “He couldn’t look her in the eye for that af­fair but since she had no choice [Mazwi’s in­fer­til­ity forced the el­ders to de­mand an heir the only other way pos­si­ble], it isn’t fair for him to treat her like this.” He plants a sur­prise kiss on Sphe’s lips on Wed­nes­day 5 De­cem­ber, with Musa adding that it’s part of Mazwi’s plan: “He wants to pull out all the stops to win Sphe back and thinks that a kiss will do. And it might have if Sphe wasn’t think­ing about Smanga…”

Smanga ticked all the boxes while his brother was away, switch­ing from Un­cle Smanga to Daddy Smanga overnight to help care for Rorisang, who has had a num­ber of med­i­cal set­backs in­clud­ing be­ing di­ag­nosed with cere­bral palsy in early Novem­ber. “Un­like Mazwi, Smanga put Sphe and Rori’s in­ter­ests ahead of his. He babysits her when Sphe is out with her friends and his at­tach­ment to Rori is solid,” says Pearl. “Sphe couldn’t wait for Mazwi to make up his mind while he was out of town. Sphe moved on with her life and her heart is with Smanga.”

SUR­PRISE SUR­PRISE

No one is more shocked by Sphe’s brother de­ci­sion on Mon­day 10 De­cem­ber than Sphe her­self. “Smanga is dev­as­tated that she has cho­sen Mazwi over him af­ter every­thing that he’s done, but he doesn’t speak to her about it,” says Pearl, who adds that her char­ac­ter opted for her hus­band be­cause they’ve been to­gether longer and he knows her in­side out. “She knows what makes him tick and what makes him happy. More than any­thing, she be­lieves that she owes Mazwi for ly­ing to him about Rori’s pa­ter­nity.”

Mazwi for his part has also tried to im­prove him­self, which Pearl says that Sphe can see for her­self when she vis­its him at his new place in Alex, as well as how he is treat­ing Rorisang – like she is his daugh­ter. “This is how it was meant to be for them when they got mar­ried in 2016 even though it was a busi­ness mar­riage for the fam­i­lies,” ex­plains Pearl. Sphe feels vin­di­cated on Thurs­day 13 De­cem­ber when she vis­its Mazwi at home and he is at­ten­tive to her ev­ery need. “He is com­pli­men­tary and lov­ing and Sphe be­lieves that they could for­get about the past and start afresh,” adds the ac­tress.

FOR BET­TER OR WORSE

Smanga isn’t giv­ing up though – he is a Moroka and noth­ing will stand in his way from his dream. For the mo­ment, he fakes a smile on the out­side, “But he is seething on the in­side,” re­veals Pearl. “There is noth­ing that he can do right now be­cause Sphe has made her de­ci­sion. If he con­tin­ues be­ing the man that he is, maybe Mazwi will mess up once again.”

While Sphe and Mazwi look like every­thing is back on track on Tues­day 18 De­cem­ber, Smanga is forced to look on from the side­lines. “He knows that there are lies and se­crets even though they’re pre­tend­ing that they are start­ing clean. No more back­stab­bing and be­trayal. No more hid­den agen­das. They can do with their re­la­tion­ship what they please with­out the fam­ily’s in­ter­fer­ence,” ex­plains the ac­tress, who says that hav­ing a baby means that the el­ders and fam­ily have their Moroka heir and if Mazwi and Sphe can for­get about the af­fair or­deal, then there is noth­ing stop­ping them from hav­ing a proper mar­riage. Noth­ing ex­cept for a cer­tain brother-in-law…

Sphe is sur­prised by Mazwi’s kiss but she’s tak­ing full ad­van­tage of him want­ing to rec­on­cile.

Mazwi (left) and his brother Smanga are drift­ing fur­ther apart.

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