Mzansi’s latest offering, Mzali Wami, has opened with plenty of moments to sink our teeth into and it continues to surprise us as characters gradually reveal what they’re capable of doing.
Every action has consequences. But does one person’s luck have to be at someone else’s expense?
Joyce’s world is turned upside down
Her in-laws accused her of being barren 20 years ago and when she finally gave birth to a healthy daughter, she lost the baby at the hands of another woman desperate for a kid.
Joyce gave her child to a woman, whom we now know as Sibongile, to hold for a moment while she wasn’t feeling well. The woman couldn’t help but see an opportunity while processing her loss of a baby. She started singing to the baby while holding her and right then, she decided to rush off.
All her life Joyce dedicated herself to running a well-known orphanage and ended up being engaged to her best friend’s brother, Terror, with whom she runs the business.
But then their professional and private relationship was rocked by a damning discovery by Joyce: that none of the schools where the orphanage has been sending young girls actually exists. She then realises that their business has become a human-trafficking syndicate.
Joyce confronts her husband about the schools and Terror immediately becomes defensive. He threatens his wife and reminds her that the entire paper trail links back to her, and if she reports this to the authorities, she will be the one implicated.
“You signed the bursary deals. You did not bother to do due diligence on the founders because your desperation blinded you,” says Terror.
Joyce then finds herself in a predicament that is beyond her imagination. How will she fix this mess?
Sibongile’s lie catches up with her
On the night Sibongile stole the child she got offered a lift by a stranger, called Godfrey. Twenty years later, Godfrey ends up marrying Sibongile, and the two raise Ntokozo as their own.
At first, she lied and told Godfrey that she had an abusive boyfriend. Godfrey accepted her and the child. Later, Ntokozo learned that she was not Godfrey’s daughter, but the second lie shocks Godfrey too when Sibongile reveals that she is not Ntokozo’s biological mother. She claims that she found Ntokozo next to a dustbin.
Terror goes on the defensive
Terror’s character is ruthless and the viewers love to hate him. The tension between him and Joyce reaches a boiling point. Terror blames Joyce for everything, and claims that without him, she’d be nothing.
“You used this orphanage to claw your way out of your miserable life,” he says, followed by, “I made you Mother Theresa! I made you!”
A tragic event changes everything
Joyce fell in love with every single kid at the orphanage, and she especially loved Francine. Joyce found a daughter in Francine as a replacement for the child she lost all those years ago.
The time has come for Francine to study in America along with the other girls. However, on the night Ntokozo and her friends go out drinking, Musa also invites Francine to party with them at her farewell party.
While partying, Francine’s drink gets spiked by Terror’s friend. She reacts badly to the drug and ends up in the hospital.
The first three episodes of Mzali Wami are ready to stream on Showmax with new episodes being added every week after the episode drops on Mzansi Magic on Mondays. The episodes are also all available on DStv online.