Bad tribe vibe sees Mbambo get the boot

2011-04-23 00:00

DURBAN’S Malusi Mbambo found himself on the wrong side of his tribe’s vote on Survivor South Africa: Maldives and as a result he was sent back to civilisation without R1 million in his pocket.

Viewers of the M-Net reality show will know that the 30-year-old business development consultant had a few doubts about the loyalty of his former Raituhn tribemates, but during tribal council on April 14 he opted to kick one of the former Goma members out.

“My thinking at the time was ‘stick to the plan’. As much as Goma’s offer was tantalising, I just felt it would be safer to show my old tribe that I was trustworthy,” Mbambo said.

Unfortunately, his tribemates weren’t interested in his show of faith and he found his torch being snuffed out on Thursday.

“I think deep down I knew I was on the way out … the vibe in the [Raituhn] alliance was very funny; it wasn’t effortless like it used to be,” he said.

Mbambo, who grew up in Ulundi, decided to enter the survivor challenge himself, and of course walk away with the cash. He admits that while on the island in the Maldives he really missed eating red meat and playing on his Playstation. Asked what he enjoyed most, he said that if he had to choose just one highlight it would be the moment the show began with the castaways being told to jump off a boat and swim to their island homes.

What he didn’t enjoy was the atmosphere among the contestants. “There’s no trust and you’re constantly looking behind your back to see if someone’s stuck a knife in.”

As for what it was like being back home and doing a regular job, he admits it’s been hard. “You can’t have that kind of extreme experience and not have it affect you,” Mbambo said.

With the laid-back Durbanite having been given the boot, it’s down to Durban’s mother of five, Allison de Chazal (53) — who is the oldest contestant taking part — and Tejan Pillay, a 32-year-old engineer and cage fighter, to keep the KwaZulu-Natal flag flying.

• Survivor South Africa: Maldives airs on M-Net on Thursday nights at 7.30.

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