Coming clean
TVPlus - English|11 March 2021
Noah is itching to admit he started the Maphosa Nuts factory fire, but Mary and Mokgadi aren’t as keen on the truth.
LEZANNE JANSE VAN RENSBURG

The day of reckoning finally arrives for Turfloop’s firestarter Noah (Austin Mothapo). Following almost two years of a messy cat-and mouse game between police and a handful of suspects, Noah is ready to own up to his role in setting the Maphosa Nuts factory blaze in July 2019. “He’s gotten to a point where he feels that it’s best to tell the truth,” explains Austin. “Noah wants to do what’s right and he knows that he can’t hide such a truth forever.” But how will his confession go down with those around him?

A HEAVY BURDEN

Sadly, Noah’s mother Mokgadi (Pebetsi Matlaila) and grandmother Mary (Motshabi Tyelele) don’t share Noah’s need for honesty. Instead, they’re still fighting hard to keep their young family member quiet and out of jail. “They don’t think he belongs in prison, and that his initial intention wasn’t to hurt anyone in the first place,” says Austin. But the reality is that someone didn’t just get hurt, they died as a result of Noah’s careless actions. Who could forget when Turf residents realised that Koloi’s (Tshepo Senatle) mom Ma Koloi (Suzan Nakedi Leshabane) perished in the devastating fire? All of this has been a heavy burden for Noah to carry and, according to Austin, he’s had enough of the lies. “He might just feel a weight lifted from his shoulders,” explains the actor of his character’s willingness to come clean. “The consequences in the future might also have a negative effect on his mental state – it’s not easy living a normal life knowing that you’re the cause of a life lost. It’s just too bad that ’fessing up won’t bring his friend’s mother back to life…”

The idea of telling the authorities everything is a daunting one, admits Austin. Not only has Noah been hiding this dark secret for far too long, but the very real prospect of going to prison keeps him up at night. “He feels scared. He can’t do the things that he’s always wanted to do. He wanted to travel the world and go to university, but now those things all seem like a very distant dream.” However, if Noah thinks that his moment of owning up will come easy, we have bad news for him.

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