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THE WAYWARD WIFE

South Africa is a beautiful country full of beautiful people – black and white. But it is better known for its high rate of criminality. Mostly among the poor black communities. But among the whites, tragedy looms around each corner. In this story, I attempted to capture one such tragedy that could have taken place below the post-apartheid, happy-go-lucky Capetonian surface.

A finely spun, psychological mystery thriller full of deceit, drama and wry humour, this story centres around Margot Rowlands, a restless, married woman whose obsessive affair with a younger man turns out to be more than she bargained for when her lover dies under mysterious circumstances.
A secret woman by nature and a talented amateur actress, Margot successfully avoids becoming a suspect in a murder scenario which the police are developing. But the more intricate the web of lies and cover-ups she weaves to prove her innocence and the more she draws on her acting skills, the more she unsuspectingly directs attention to her secret life, alienating husband and daughter as their suspicions grow.
The case against her is not conclusive, but her distant past – purposely hidden from friends and family – comes to light in the investigation and weighs heavily against her. In court, she fights with the weapons of a desperate woman and edges her trial to a surprising conclusion.

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