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Daniel Bounces Back

18 October 2013
Sello Maake kaNcube
He was down and out not so long ago, but he has again managed to build himself up. We chat to Sello Maake kaNcube about Daniel worming his way back into NFH.
Daniel is not a man who gets defeated easily. And if it happens he always finds a way to overcome his enemies. Remember how he won the endless wars with Abigail and then later Donna? He has emerged victorious even in the most extraordinary circumstances.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane. A few years ago we saw Daniel go to jail for Leticia’s murder and he was found guilty of obstruction of justice. He had hit rock bottom – he had no money and was sentenced to 5 years in jail. But after he paid Dr Otto to diagnose him with Lindau’s disease he was granted medical parole and then later he received a presidential pardon which freed him completely.
However his reputation as a businessman was ruined and he was still broke. He had to find dodgy ways to make money. He met up with Kila and opened a loan shark business, used Maletsatsi’s prayer group to make money and eventually found his way back into NZH. Once back at NZH Daniel got Narpub to dump the company and bought all their shares. He became the major shareholder and CEO and then renamed the company NFH.
And just like that he was back at the top, but not for long… Recently his past came back to haunt him when his cousin Cain, the real Daniel Nyathi, returned to make him pay for framing him and stealing his identity. In the end he lost everything and had to give up his company again. 
But with the arrival of Precious and Secrets he saw another way to get back into NFH. The question is will he succeed?  “Daniel will always look for another thing to do to try and get his foot in there,” says Sello Maake kaNcube. 
“One thing that’s beautiful about life is that when you try to block a child from getting where they want to go, they will try to get around you. So he will do anything, any obstacles that comes in his way, he will try to get around it.”
We chat to Sello Maake kaNcube about Daniel’s dodgy dealings and using underhanded tactics to get back into NFH.
Has Daniel ever acquired anything legitimately in his life?
There’s nothing he’s acquired by the book. He’s a hustler. I think also you must bear in mind that Daniel is a Nyathi because his mother never got married, so he aspires to what his cousins have.
Did he have to go as far as sleeping with Precious to get Secrets?
A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. You hear of stories of how women find themselves hoodwinked by men especially women with power who want to be loved. Women give sex to get love and men give love to get sex. In Daniel’s case he gave her what she wanted in order to get what he wants. He had to win her over. Precious has money and he gave her love. He made her feel good to get to the money. In his observation, women are feel-good junkies.
After fooling Precious there was a moment where it seemed as if he felt bad, does he have a conscious?
We all have that. I believe in every good person there’s 90 percent of goodness and 10 percent of badness. Something’s gotta happen to turn someone bad, to turn them into a monster. Even Daniel, that was one of those moments where he got lost in his own game. 
What does Secrets mean to him? 
He lost everything he has. Stan made him give it up and Daniel cannot live without power. It’s like saying Donald Trump should get out of business. Secrets will bring him power. It’s his gateway into NFH. 
He’s gone through some rough times where we saw him hit rock bottom, but he always manages to recover. How does he do that?
It’s one of those childlike things, he knows he’s gotta be at a certain place and he will feel good when he’s there. He’s not satisfied with where he’s at. He just wants more and more of everything. 
What is the one thing he won’t do to retain power?
If I tell I will be revealing a secret and that would be my Achilles heel. 
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