Gomora screens have been filled with mama drama for a while now but these highlights (or should we say, lowlights) from the past week are the cyanide cherry on top of the hit Mzansi telenovela.
If you’ve missed any of the maternal misadventures (and other drama on Gomora), the good news is that you can find all the latest episodes on DStv Catch Up or binge all the way from episode 1 on Showmax.
A broken mom
Episode 38 starts with one of the most heart-breaking scenes so far – and there have been many. We all know that Zodwa (Sannah Mchunu) is troubled. She is a savage alcoholic.
There’s nothing she can’t and won’t do for her next mouthful of beer. But lately she’s trying to sober up and hold down a job. She’s also trying to show her son (Teddy) that she is willing to give up her vices to have him live with her again.
During their interaction, seeing the tears streaming down Zodwa’s face is an emotional overload. When Teddy turns to her and asks what’s wrong, you can hear it in her voice, she wants her son to stay forever with her. “It’s nothing, my son. You’re so kind-hearted. Teddy, please don’t leave today.”
The request for him not to leave has been lingering on her mind for weeks, ever since Zodwa asked Teddy’s foster parents if he could return to her again. And then the emotional blackmail starts as Zodwa says, “I don’t feel strong enough. I’m too weak. If you leave, I’ll end up at the shebeen with my friends.”
Sisters at loggerheads
Crimelord Mam’Sonto has been arrested and it looks like she might just rot in jail for good. She’s a baddie, so that’s not the worst that could happen. After all, the police need to clean up these Gomora streets infested with criminals.
There is a downside, though, which plays out in episode 39. Thathi is the one that’s making sure that her mother is locked up for good. And the potential prison time doesn’t sit well with Thathi’s sister Pretty.
With the sisters both working at Mam’Sonto’s shisanyama, they’re bound to bump into each other and clash. Pretty still can’t believe that Thathi is the reason why their mother is behind bars. While on the other hand, Thati couldn’t care less.
She believes her mother is the master-mind behind her husband’s death, and that their mother needs to pay for her sin.
While Pretty is protective of their mom and begs Thathi to reconsider pressing charges, the fury and wrath etched on Thathi’s face shows that she’s not changing her mind anytime soon.
When Pretty says, “Mama doesn’t deserve to be in jail,” she’s met with a sharp “I didn’t put her there, she committed the crime,” from Thathi.
Everything Pretty says only serves to rile up Thathi more, until she snaps, and coldly says, “crime doesn’t pay, she (Mam’Sonto) must face the consequences,” and storms off.
Zodwa vs Gladys
It’s no secret that Gladys doesn’t like Zodwa. She’s formed such a close bond with Teddy that she believes that no mother but her is fit to parent Teddy.
At the dinner table with her husband, Melusi, and their son, Ntokozo, she expresses how concerned she is about Teddy since he’s gone to live with his mother.
“I’ve been thinking about him (Teddy), wondering if he has eaten, if Zodwa has made food for him. I know he’s going to come back here starving,” says Gladys.
Glady is already jumping to conclusions about Zodwa’s ability to stay sober and provide for her son. “Teddy will come back. Zodwa won’t last. I know Zodwa and her patterns,” says Gladys.
Melusi and Ntokozo cannot believe what they’re hearing.
“Yes, you know patterns, but you can’t wish she relapses again,” says a bewildered Melusi. In that moment, the Dlamini men realise that their wife and mother is far more cruel than she lets on.
Gladys snaps back, “Don’t say I didn’t tell you. Zodwa will be drinking again within the week, picking up where she left off.” Her comment cuts the discussion short and the family go their separate ways.
Although the ladies are now trying to make amends for Teddy’s sake, there is still a long way to go for the two mothers.