No one could have been prepared for the shocking events that transpired on Friday night’s tragic episode of Mzansi Magic telenovela, Gomora. A total blindside!
Possibly, the only moment that provided some form of unintended comic relief was when Ntokozo threw Mazet under the bus after the lethal gunshot. He’s always trying to be Chuck Norris, but proves each time he’s not built for the tough blows that come with being a hard criminal. A mess.
Less amusing was Bra Mike’s shocking death. What had been meant to be the happiest day of his life – marrying his throwback flame in a sweet affair attended by close friends, ended with blood defacing the otherwise pretty flower arrangements.
SONTO’S CHANCE AT LOVE
Mam Sonto and Bra Mike’s relationship was a refreshing departure from Sonto’s otherwise rutted landscape.
Until Mike showed up with unclear intentions at first, the crime mastermind’s soft side had only been reserved for her family. It wasn’t long before the two fell for each other again, marking Sonto’s retirement from the game. By the time she accepted his proposal, she’d decided to devote her life to him and give up her grind.
That’s what good mjolo is supposed to do.
NTOKOZO’S TEEN REBELLION
Ntokozo’s issues with his parents reached new heights last week. Just when his Melusi thought he had reached an amicable place with his son, he went on and betrayed his trust once more. And when Mel and Gladys found the boy passed out on the couch with two girls after cleaning up his whiskey, they decided to kick him out.
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After running to Mazet’s arms, he decided he was now ready to go on another hijacking spree. And that coming from someone who suffered intense panic attacks from flashbacks to the botched hijacking, which ended with him shooting Mbongeni to his death. Against Mazet’s counsel, he insisted he was ready to give it another go. The opportunity came and he ran for it. Running to mess up.
Back at Sonto’s house, the wedding was slowly coming about. The bride couldn’t be more elated, as her daughters helped her with makeup. Mike standing there with a smile. He was really in love, shem, and so was she. And finally, they were about to seal the deal.
But Mike had to take his new gusheshe for a spin to pass time because wow, the bride getting ready was taking quite a while. Little did he know he’d become the victim of Ntokozo and Mazet’s attempt at a carjack. After being stopped by Ntokozo at gunpoint, he decided to put on a fight. Panicked, Mazet shot him from behind.
That final scene had me in tears. Bra Mike lying in Sonto’s hands at the wedding altar, trying to smile during his last moments as onlookers stared in terror.
This is going to get so interesting from here on out. Gomora airs on Mzansi Magic, weekdays at 19:30.
Vusi Kunene Leaves Generations The Legacy – Not Coming Back
Another one bites the dust!
Vusi Kunene’s infamous character on Generations The Legacy, Jack Mabaso has exited the soapie in a bloody scene. And, we can safely assume that he won’t come back a third time around.
We reported last month that Generations’ numbers were in the decline, and some of the major stars have already jumped ship. Kunene’s character was arguably one of the biggest drawcard for the show and after five years, he’s bowing out.
It’s difficult to see how Generations will bounce back from the exodus that has seen actors such as Rapulana leave the soapie. The channel released a statement through their social media platform to show gratitude to Kunene for his tremendous work.
— SABC (@SABCPortal) May 10, 2021
Kunene was also appreciative of the experience he’s amassed playing the popular role.
“I’ve always had a serious passion for Jack. He is the most popular character I have ever played and bringing him to life has been a pleasure. I’m really going to miss everyone because Generations is like a family,” said Vusi.
Here’s a clip of the final episode of where Jack Mabaso is killed. The scene aired on Wednesday, May 12, where his enemies finally got the best of him.
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Generations: The Legacy Ratings on a Slow Decline
Viewer numbers dip further low.
The viewer numbers for ‘Generations: The Legacy’ are seeing a downward spiral, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Once the highest rated show in South Africa, the long-running television soap opera has seen a significant plunge in the number of people tuning in at 20:00 weekdays to catch up with the storylines on the Morula Pictures production.
According to top television commentator Phil Mphela, the show’s ratings averaged 6,4 million viewers in March 2021. In perspective, this is more than 2,2 million viewers lost since June 2020, and a further loss since December 2020.
TV: Generations losing viewers
Ratings on SA’s second most watched tv show have continued to decline in 2021
The show began the year with 6.97-million viewers and peaked at 6,6mil in February.
— Kgopolo Mphela ☕️ (@PhilMphela) April 12, 2021
QuenchSA reported in February that the series brought in 6 858 031 daily viewers by December 2020, making it the second highest rated show on SABC 1 after ‘Uzalo’. While that number looks good at first glance, it’s how much the series has continued to face a gradual decline in ratings that matters. In June 2020, Generations: The Legacy had over 8,7 million people tuning in to watch daily.
While that boost was mainly down to the initial lockdown, the loss of more than 2,2 million viewers in a matter of months suggests that audiences are tuning out from the show.
Things haven’t been the same for the show since it went off air in August 2014, when the 16 main cast members walked off the set and refused to resume filming following disputes over salaries, a cut of R500 million in royalties and three-year extended contracts.
Then known as ‘Generations’, the show was off air for a month between 30 September 2014 and 30 September 2014, returning with the ‘Generations: The Legacy’ rebrand on the first December that year.
Sello Maake Ka-Ncube Returns to ‘The Queen’
Guess who’s back?
He led the formidable cast that helped The Queen to strike ratings gold when the telenovela premiered in August 2016.
And years after he left, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is now expected to return to the daily drama television series in the coming months. The award winning South african actor will be back to resume on the portrayal of Kgotsile, Harriet Khoza’s brother.
The veteran actor’s presence on the set of the show also suggests that differences between him and the Fergusons. In 2020, he reportedly hinted in an interview with Isolezwe that his departure from the show had not been as smooth as most would believe. “The Fergusons can only be the one’s who will reveal the sketchy details surrounding my exit on the show”, he said to the newspaper at the time. “However I can confirm that, there was something that went wrong between us but they are best suited in letting the public know of what the reasons were.”
We never quite got down to those details, but all looks to be well.
The news of Maake Ka-Ncube’s return were shared by series producer Shona Ferguson, who dropped an awe inspiring clip of the cast applauding the actor from the set. While there’s no confirmation from production and M-Net at yet, there’s reason to believe that Kgotsile will be back on our screens in no time.
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After all, the Fergusons will have to play some of their best cards to sustain the relevance of the telenovela. Over the past year, the landscape has seen some significant shift. And now that Isibaya, once the highest rated television series across DStv, has recently aired its finale after eight seasons on air, times call for new moves.
With ‘Gomora’ currently dishing out epic storylines and maintaining its place as the most viewed programme on DStv, as well as DiepCity replacing Isibaya with hard hitting stories delivered by a fresh cast, The Queen will be needing to refashion their approach.