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Mohale Motaung Mhlongo is slowly stepping out of his husband, megastar Somizi’s shadow. The 26-year-old recently wore his actor hat for the first time when he appeared on eTV soapie Rhythm City
He featured on three episodes on the primetime daily soap, an accomplishment qualified actors with twice the experience normally take years to see.
News of Mohale’s acting debut on the show sparked a heated debate. Some feel that he’s skipping the queue thanks to his marriage to Somizi, who wields much power and influence on the SA entertainment industry.
Lingashoni is a Tale of Betrayal, Greed & Vengeance
Murders, plot twists and corruption.
After much buzz, the new 1Magic telenovela premiered on Monday, March 22nd. Within 10 minutes there was a murder. By the end of the episode, there had been a spine-chilling attempt to murder Mandla, the show’s lead character. Quite Game of Thrones.
The daily drama unleashed a fast-paced succession of dramatic revelations and plot twists and made sure to leave viewers with a cliffhanger to drive tune in for the second episode.
Mandla Cele (Patrick Mofokeng) is a business powerhouse with an enviable life on the exterior. He has a beautiful family, a lovely mansion, and back-to-back million Rand deals thanks to his high-powered network in high places.
The next thing we know, his life is in shambles. The famed tenderpreneur’s world quickly comes crashing down when he walks in on Robert Nondumo (Luzuko Nkqeto), the Joburg Mayor, seconds after committing a gruesome murder.
Cele flees the scene, hysterically driving back to his house where he hopes to find his wife Puleng for an escape plan after what he’d just witnessed. To the shock of his life, he finds her in the sheets with… the help.
As if his day hadn’t been traumatic enough, Cele couldn’t believe his eyes when he walked into his bedroom to find his assistant Papi (Thato Molamu) in bed with his wife. It hadn’t been that long since he left the two preparing for the kids to go to school earlier that morning. And now you are romping each other in my bed? With a gun in his hand, he demanded answers. How long had the affair gone on for? Also, what the hell?
It’s during that commotion that another gunshot went off! Initially, viewers might have thought it’s the hit the mayor had placed on him to be killed by close of business. Turns out its Puleng that shot her husband from behind.
BURYING THE BODY
Papi and Puleng decided to cover up their crime and remove every bit of evidence. So they dragged Mandla’s body and loaded it on the boot, when the hitman eventually arrived and busted them. Finding out they’d already done his job, he still ran game on them. Threatening to expose them, he pulled out his phone while keeping them at gunpoint. Puleng eventually makes the offer to buy his silence.
The cheaters now drive far out in Joburg to throw away Cele’s body. During a heated argument, they stop the car by the bridge. That’s when Mandla, who turns out to be conscious still, leaps out from the boot pleading for his life. Papi wouldn’t budge, but Puleng showed mercy. During this back and forth, Mandla jumps over the bridge. Papi fires several shots, hoping to have finished him off. But it’s dark…
A HIDDEN LIFE
We’d found out by the second episode that Mandla survived. The show fast forwards to 10 years. Mandla has suffered memory loss and has no idea of his past. He has, however, built a life with his wife Seipati – who discovered him by the river – and his children. The plot twist comes at the end of the episode when we find out Seipati knows exactly who he really is, but has opted to keep this information from him.
OUR TAKE SO FAR
I loved the speed. Within the first 30 minutes of the show’s debut, a lot of areas were covered. The villians were established. The plot twist was delivered and a cliffhanger was executed. The main plot is interesting enough, and the cast has delivered some pretty decent performances.
We are going to have to give this show some time, however. There are parts that felt a little bit rushed. But the overall show has been decent. Again, time.
Lingashoni airs Mondays to Thursdays at 19:30 on 1Magic, DStv channel 103.
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Khanyi Mbau’s Reality Show Debuts, and Fumbles
She’s an enigma, but the first episode lacked direction, substance and content.
Khanyi Mbau’s reality show kicked off with an explosive confessional, literally. “You thought this was about pink champagne… everything pink?”, she asks with a piercing gaze, cross-examining the viewer and doing what she does best – proving that she has layers that cannot be pinned down.
And just between us, we wondered if that interesting statement was shade at the sparkly and pink texture that defines the theme and feel of other industry girls and their reality shows. It won’t take a genius to realize a lot of the new celebrity reality shows love the idea of champagne as a starter pack for the high life. We could be overthinking it and it’s only Tuesday.
Here’s the thing though; You never really know what to expect from Khanyi Mbau. In the next moment, she smashes the champagne flute on the floor. One thing you can certainly expect from her is the shock factor.
She’s not new to this. For more than a decade, the media personality has been the fascination of the tabloids. She’s grabbed headlines for nearly everything. Most notably, her highly publicized relationships – some of which drew intrigue thanks to their ‘blesser/Slay Queen’ dynamic.
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Because of her open book policy, Mbau has never shied away from being splashed all over the media.
Remember that iconic interview she once did with Deborah Patta, in which she was grilled for her “ostentatious displays of opulence” in the face of a poverty-stricken country? “If I want blue cheese, I will have blue cheese”, she famously fired back at the journalist.
It’s this bold confidence and unapologetic outlook that keeps Khanyi Mbau such a fascinating figure. She tackles everything, from the status of her bank account to the skin lightening, with a sense of honesty and defiance. That’s why by 2012, she’d already built enough of a big life to publish her own memoir, ‘Bitch Please, I’m Khanyi Mbau!‘
Long before all the girls, Khanyi had risen to become arguably the first “it girl” in the local entertainment scene. The socialite who dominated the Sunday papers. Hollywood had Paris Hilton, we had Khanyi Mbau.
So it’s not a surprise that she finally has her own reality show. ‘Mbau Reloaded: Always Rise‘ gives viewers a glimpse into Khanyi’s life as she navigates spaces in the northern suburb. The show focuses on her personal relationships, her professional life, and everything in between. We see her as a mother, a sister and the boss lady she’s become.
A self-confessed “ghetto snob”, she shows us where she is now in her life.
The first episode is obviously an introduction to her world through a new lens. Unlike the big interviews she’s done, and all the headlines alongside all of that, the vibe her is relaxed, allowing us to really enter her world.
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The first episode was underwhelming. Khanyi Mbau is a vibe, but her big personality could not help lift the spirit of her new show. It felt a little muted, at least by the standard we’ve come to attach to Khanyi Mbau, the fierce and fearless leader of the new school of Mzansi entertainment.
Where she’s always shaking the table, making us laugh and even triggering the locals with her statements, the intro to the first season of Mbau Reloaded: Always Rise, did not rise to the occasion. At best, it was an unsure start. At worst, rather boring.
More than that, it was bare without direction or substance.
Scenes of her shopping at the sportswear brand store when she’d been invited to shop as a nice perk in their business relationship, could have been left on the cutting floor. But she’s a smart businesswoman, and she’s already using the show to leverage bigger business. It’s probably the reason she went to the store with a bottle of her gin brand.
The hearty moments on the show are noted. Her interactions with her sister and with her daughter were lovely and did succeed as far as giving us a new sighting of Khanyi Mbau – the woman beyond the headlines. Sadly, however, even those felt rushed and lost at sea.
By the end of the first episode, it felt like a bunch of scenes had been jumbled together in a way that missed the mark.
TUNE IN OR CHECK OUT?
It’s Khanyi Mbau, so we will be tuning in a couple more times to see how the show evolves. Will, there be an actual storyline developing along with the episodes, or will it continue feeling like a vlog? Only time will tell.
Someone Needs To Check Up on Buhle
She’s been crying out for help.
It’s easy to overlook sometimes, but Thathi’s daughter has been through hell.
In a short span of time, she lost her father to a botched hijacking. Not long after Mbongeni’s death, a series of events ensued that continued to pile up stress on the 16-year-old, along with her brother Langa.
As if losing their father was not enough, the teenagers suddenly had to deal with the negative publicity that diluted his memory. Turns out Mbongeni had been involved in some really questionable business practices.
As the family mourned the loss, news of his white-collar fraud was splashed all over the media. Buhle and her family could not even mourn in peace as protesters disrupted the service to demand their money from the foreclosed bank.
The state took possession of Mbongeni’s assets. Buhle and Langa had to leave behind everything they’d known. The opulent lifestyle and, the spoils and their friends.
Adjusting and adapting to Gomora has been no walk in the park for the two, who had to quickly find a way to navigate the rough streets of Alexandra and its restless pulse of the street hustle. Whenever they are just about to find their feet, something else comes against them.
Mind you, the tragic series of unfortunate events have happened within a matter of a few months for both Buhle and Langa. They’ve barely had time to heal.
And with all the drama at Mam’ Sonto’s house, there’s been no space for them to find their feet while healing, and letting go of everything that once was. Pretty hiding the DStv card to spite Thathi is just one of many ridiculous stunts these two have had to deal with, on top of everything.
By the time Buhle’s nudes were leaked to the internet, she’d already been dealing with far too much for any 15 year old. Now she has to face all the slut-shaming that came out from that scenario. Without much support, she had face harassment from weirdos in the township.
Add to this the pressure on her to break up with Ntokozo, which has been rather intense, we can only wonder why no one thought to really check up on her mental health soon enough. All those moments when she couldn’t even leave her bed were all signs of fatigue and possibly, Depression.
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She hasn’t been able to catch a break on the telenovela, with all the mess happening back to back. The break up with Ntokozo, Thathi’s constant rage, the pressure from Ntokozo’s parents, the judgemental eyes and bullying at school, the death of her father, the nudes.
Hers has been a tortured character. We can only hope this will be a teachable moment for everyone involved.
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Thathi needs to calm all the way down from that horse and speak out Langa being Melusi’s son. It should be none of our business, but she’s made it our business because she can’t manage the situation calmly.
Her secret underlies her manic overreactions, and her daughter has suffered for it. On the episodes following the suicide attempt, Thathi has shown remorse about how she’s not been the best mother when her daughter needed her the most. With the therapy on the cards, we are hoping the two can start working on their issues.
It’s a bit of a relief that Mam’ Sonto threatened Ntokozo, ever so politely, to back off. He needed the wake-up call. We get that he’s oh so madly in love with Buhle, but he did shoot her father to his death. She doesn’t even know that. Sonto is freaking out that their romance could lead to the secret coming out, but we are more worried about how that can drive Buhle off the edge again.
Buhle is crying out for help, and her advances towards Teddy now are further proof that she needs someone to listen. We are hoping she does get help.
Note: If there’s any risk for suicide present, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group offers resources and assistance.