Monday, April 6th marked the premiere of ‘DiepCity’. The new Mzansi Magic telenovela fills the shoes of Isibaya, the long running soapie which aired its final episode after eight seasons on Friday. Those are some big shoes to fill, but the Black Brain Productions daily drama delivers an entirely different premise.
Far from the conservative and traditional themes and textures on Isibaya, DiepCity picks things up in the rough streets of Diepslot. The hustle is for survival and on this television series, crime offers the false promise of an escape. It’s a complete switch for Mzansi Magic, fleeing the temptation to fill the time slot with with something similar to instead go for young dreams in the hood.
The new telenovela explores the struggles of four young women as they navigate a tough world. They are high school students who are forced into crime to help put meals on the table. Dawn Thandeka King, Nozuko Ncayiyane and actor Mduduzi Mabaso lead a stellar cast that features some exciting new faces in the crime thriller.
The world comes crumbling down for small-time house burglar Nox played by Nozuko Ncayiyane after her bright straight A student younger brother Sibusiso played by Tshiamo Molobi is fatally shot during a house robbery he was not supposed to be part of in the leafy suburbs of Johannesburg, which was set up by a rogue security guard and low-level gangster Elliot played by Mduduzi Mabaso.
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The first episode had the pace, that’s the first win. We meet the girls class, but it doesn’t take long before their realities in the destitute streets of the impoverished township enter the frame. Soon, we meet Nox and her family, and all celebrate when Sbu is awarded a scholarship into a good school.
Once more, a promise of a better future. We see here that the dream for Sbu to find a school with better resources to nurture his intellectual prowess is really the dream for the whole family. If all goes well, maybe one day they might find themselves living a better life. Nox has the same aspirations, but her plan is entirely different. It doesn’t take long before she finds out the seductions of crime have led her into a deadly snare.
That’s why the scenes of his death in the arms of his sister was quite chilling. It looks like things are about to get quite intense from here on out.
DiepCity airs weekdays at 20:30 on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161.