TV getting TOO VIOLENT
Soapies contain scenes of murder, physical violence and abuse
THE South African television industry has grown rapidly in the past few years, giving viewers more shows to choose from. Uzalo, iNumber Number and e.tv's Scandal! are a few soapies that have taken South African television by storm. One, however, cannot ignore the amount of violence displayed in some of these TV dramas.
DISPLAY OF VIOLENCE
Uzalo is about two affluent families that are crisscrossing between two conflicting worlds of church and crime.
The Mdletshe family heads a church in KwaMashu, while the Xulus are involved in car hijacking activities. The families come together because of their sons who were switched at birth.
You can expect to see the frequent use of guns throughout the drama as well as scenes of physical violence.
Strangely aired on Sunday evenings, iNumber Number is a continuation of the award-winning film by the same name.
Starring big names such Presley Chweneyagae, Sdumo Mtshali and Israel Makoe to name a few, the series is populated by blazing guns, drugs and endless crime.
Scandal! has been around for over 10 years and still continues to capture viewers.
In the past, the drama focused on alcohol abuse and HIV awareness. Featuring fresh talent such as Hungani Ndlovu and Nunu Khumalo, the drama now depicts storylines of kidnapping and murder.
NUMBERS DON’T LIE
South Africans seem to enjoy violent filled TV dramas. Uzalo is currently the most watched soapie in the country with seven million viewers.
Second is Scandal! with 4,5 million viewers. A staggering 900 000 viewers enjoy the crime and corruption filled drama iNumber Number, while Is’thunzi and Isithembiso both have over 550 000 viewers respectively.
These numbers make it clear that South Africans find these shows entertaining regardless of the violence portrayed in them.
Most TV dramas have an age restriction of 13V or 16LV and are aired after 8pm, except for Isithembiso, which is aired at 7:30pm.
Children should not be exposed to so much violence. Educational psychologist, Claudia Albelheim, insists children need to be guarded from viewing too much violence.
“It would be ideal to have less violence on screen, but unfortunately that is very unlikely to happen. Parents should be more disciplined with what they watch and what they allow their children to watch,” says Claudia.
She says seeing too much violence on TV could desensitise us to violence. The more you see something, the more accustomed you become to that thing.
“The violence on TV is becoming more and more graphic. This can create a violent environment where society becomes used to aggression.”
South African soapies such as iNumber Number (LEFT) and Uzalo (RIGHT) contain violent storylines