The domestic violence storyline in the soapie "The Queen" has set tongues wagging on social media.
Viewers of the show have taken the storyline to heart and commended the production team for its work in shining the spotlight on issues affecting women in their daily lives.
This storyline is trying to teach you to stop blaming the woman for the abuse. To better understand and assist. Blaming the woman is like blaming someone for being robbed. Once you're trapped mentally, it is hard to get out.— Dineo Moeketsi (@therealdineo) April 3, 2018
In the story, Keabetswe Khoza, played by Dineo Moeketsi, met "Mr Right" in Tebogo, played by Fezile Makhanya. Not too long after their relationship got off the ground, Tebogo proposed marriage and Kea said yes.
After two failed marriages, she is determined to make her third attempt at love a success, no matter what it takes.
Tebogo, who is also a successful and handsome man, soon showed his abusive side and started assaulting her.
Tebogo is one heck of a crazy human being!!! #TheQueenMzansi— Fezile Makhanya (@FezileMakhanya) April 9, 2018
The show's co-head writer, Phathu Makwarela, said it was important for the team to show that abuse can happen to women from all walks of life regardless of class.
Viewers have also taken to social media sharing how the storyline resonates with the reality of many women.
Seeing Kea so hopeless breaks my heart💔😢😢 #TheQueenMzansi— ǝʍlıɟǝᴚ (@FieFie_) April 6, 2018
Poor Kea 💔💔💔💔#TheQueenMzansi— Linda Zinganto (@Lishbae81) April 5, 2018
Thankfully, Kea's friend Prince, played by Moshe Ndiki, told her mother Harriet (Connie Ferguson) about the abuse.
In the latest episode, Harriet took matters into her own hands and confronted Tebogo.
But Kea was still protecting him, much to some viewers' disappointment.
A slight case of Stockholm syndrome for Keabetswe. #TheQueenMzansi— Dineo Moeketsi (@therealdineo) April 9, 2018
Exactly. If the world gives up on an abused woman, they revert back to "better the devil you know". Abused women are alienated at every turn and it is the incorrect methodology that perpetuates the cycle.— Dineo Moeketsi (@therealdineo) April 9, 2018