In the first week of Gomora, viewers were introduced to Thathi (Katlego Danke), a wealthy Sandton hotshot whose life falls to pieces in one fell swoop, and watched as she was forced to return to Alexandra, where she grew up, and reunite with her gangster mother Mam’Sonto (Connie Chiume). (All previous episodes are available to binge-watch on DStv Now and on Showmax, and new episodes will land every weekday on both Showmax and DStv Now from 1 June 2020.)
All of the first five episodes were full of gripping drama, so it was tough to pick the most shocking moments – but we’ve narrowed it down to these three.
An anniversary dinner gone terribly wrong
Episode 1 comes to a tragic close, with Thathi and her husband Mbongeni (Themba Ndaba) celebrating their anniversary, and, moments later, Mbongeni ending up killed in a botched hijacking.
And episode 2 picks up minutes later as Thathi’s mom gets off the phone with her hysterical daughter and takes stock. Not only has Mam’Sonto orchestrated the hijacking (not knowing that her protegee Mazet would hijack her son-in-law), Mbongeni’s car is now sitting in her front yard.
But that’s not even the head-turner. It’s the mid-sentence slap that Mam’Sonto hits Mazet (Siphesihle Ndaba) with, silencing her insolence in one swish. Gun-slinging Mazet knows better than to risk her boss’s wrath and instantly falls back in line.
Enter the lawyer, and devastating news
In episode 3, a stressing Thathi is visited by her lawyer (Shannon Ezra) and she’s desperate for news of Mbongeni’s life assurance pay-out.
The “I need R160 000” from Thathi leaves a grim look on her lawyer’s face as she sits down with her client. When Thathi says “give it to me straight”, you know in that moment that bad news is coming.
Turns out Mbongeni has been lying to his family for the last five years. Not a cent has been put into his business CBS Bank from clients. Their life has been funded by money that he fraudulently embezzled from the PIC. Worse yet, Mbongeni didn’t bother to keep up his policy payments, so Thathi can kiss her mansion, bling, cars and holidays to the Hanging Gardens Of Bali goodbye.
All is not what it seems at Melusi’s house
We get a new perspective on what Ntokozo (Ntobeko Sishi), the son of Melusi, the high school principal, has to deal with in episode 4, when homework around the dining room table takes a very ugly turn.
Melusi’s adoptive son Teddy (Sicelo Buthelezi) is home and doing schoolwork, but family black sheep Ntokozo is nowhere to be seen. After a quick back-and-forth with his wife Gladys (Thembi Seete), Melusi (Zolisa Xaluva) is interrupted mid-sentence by his son’s arrival.
Accusing Ntokozo of being high on drugs is one thing, but threatening to slap sense into the youngster if Ntokozo is lying about being at the clinic (which he obviously is – he’s been with Mam’Sonto’s henchman Jomo all day) is a stark reminder of the kind of man Melusi is.
While he’s an upstanding pillar of the community to outsiders, to his sons he is a cruel, vindictive, aggressive and violent father.
All previous episodes are also available to binge-watch on Showmax.