The past few weeks have been dragging on for Uzalo viewers, but the telenovela is still the talk of the town after producers decided to forget about Gxabhashe for a while and spice up the storyline. LIZEKA MADUNA explains.
Gxabhashe’s family is at war and it looks like the chances of the family business surviving areÂ minimal. This follows an ongoing feud between Mxolisi and his uncle Mkhonto after Mastermind gathered solid evidence pointing toÂ Mkhonto as the prime suspect inÂ Gxabhasheâ€™s mysterious death.
Mxolisi and Mastermind were forced to payÂ bail of R100 000 each, and the panel beating business, which is not making enough money to begin with, is now inÂ deep trouble. This has led Mxolisi to turn to drug peddling to make ends meet. His dodgy drug business howeverÂ isnâ€™t thriving as Mkhonto keeps sabotaging him. Mkhonto, who is out to destroy his brother’s business as a lesson to Gxabhashe’s family, has become the familyâ€™s enemy. In addition,Â Mxolisi is displeased withÂ the way his sister, Nosipho, does business and this is driving a wedge between them.
With all the chaos the Xulus have caused in the community, more lives are still at risk of being ruined.
While the Gxabhashes seem to beÂ on a sinking boat, the Mdletshes are also facing a familyÂ crisis.
Nkosinathi, the pastorâ€™s son, and his friend Amandla, who is thoughtÂ to be Gxabhasheâ€™s daughter, have started smoking whoonga they picked up from the street.
Ayanda and Nombusoâ€™s marriage is also in jeopardy, after it emerged that Nombuso had slept with Mxolisi the night before theÂ wedding. To complicate matters further, theÂ newlywedsÂ areÂ expecting a baby, but Nombuso is keeping the identity of the father – who could be either Mxolisi or Ayanda – a secret.
Meanwhile, Ayanda has decided to honour his motherâ€™s wish and has taken it upon himself to fill his fatherâ€™s shoes and becomeÂ a pastor, even thoughÂ his heart is still set on being a music producer. Somehow, he’s determined to kill two birds withÂ one stone.
The Gxabhashesâ€™ new drug business has added a new spin on the story. The drug business is sure to set them at odds with members of the community, as well as the police. While some viewers have argued that the show is glorifying the drug trade, others sayÂ it’s simply relating the reality ofÂ life in theÂ township.
So what’s next for Uzalo? Mxolisi may be trying to move on with his life but Nombuso is still in love with him. Seeing him at a bar with his new girlfriend didn’t go down well and she may end up confronting him.Â Nombusoâ€™s secret about the baby might be out in the open sooner than she expects. This poses a great threat to her marriage and her image as a pastorâ€™s wife. AndÂ Amandla, who feels rejected by her alleged family, is going through a rough patch and might turnÂ to drugs forÂ solace. Things might get complicated if it turns out that the drugs are coming by way of the new Gxabhashe business.
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