Sperm jolt in Isidingo episode

Sara Ngubeni. 15/01/2005. © Unknown.
Sara Ngubeni. 15/01/2005. © Unknown.

CALL IT desperation or crazy, but Thandi Matabane real name Sara Ngubeni - in Isidingo is a brave woman.

CALL IT desperation or crazy, but Thandi Matabane real name Sara Ngubeni - in Isidingo is a brave woman.

After discovering that her husband Parsons is infertile, she comes up with one of the most bizarre ideas - She asks her father-in-law Zeb Matabane to donate his sperm for an artificial insemination.

As the storyline has continued to unravel over the past few weeks, many viewers of this popular SABC 3 soapie have been glued to their screens wondering if Zeb will grant his makoti her wish.

Her mother-in-law MaAgnes, who was horrified by the suggestion, is in for an even bigger surprise when Thandi's wish is granted.

But traditionalists and cultural experts have wondered what the scriptwriters are up to because in African culture this is taboo, it does not happen.

Any woman who follows her culture would never do that, even if it is the last resort, says Qhuzulini Sithole, the director of African Cultural Heritage Trust.

"It never happens in the African culture that a father-in-law is a sperm donor to his daughter-in-law. In a situation where her husband cannot have babies, a brother is called in to do what is called ukuqinisa umuzi ."

Sithole says if the father-in-law does that, the two will give birth to a disabled child. "The child will be born disabled because the ancestors are angry. ."

Thandi has since apologised to MaAgnes but more shock is in store.

While MaAgnes and her friend Tilly are praying for conception in tomorrow's episode, Zeb and Thandi are arranging something that will shock the family later.

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