Blood ties

Two men, two fam­i­lies, two des­tinies – it all seems per­fect un­til a strange mis­take mixes things up.

TV Plus (South Africa) - - UZALO -

Sea­son 1 Mon-Wed (from Mon­day 9 Feb) SABC1 20:30

Ashock­ing deathbed con­fes­sion kicks off the ac­tion on uzalo, sabc1’s juicy new 156-episode te­len­ov­ela. two kwazu­lunatal fam­i­lies seem to be com­plete op­po­sites – the mdlet­she clan are de­vout ac­tivists com­mit­ted to help­ing the poor through the church, while the xu­lus’ for­tunes rest on death and de­struc­tion via their crime em­pire. now their sons are be­com­ing men, but thanks to that con­fes­sion, we have to won­der what’s guid­ing them? will blood out­weigh ev­ery­thing in the end? we asked ayanda mdlet­she and mx­olisi xulu to tell us where they come from and what they re­ally want…

the guys speak out

ayanda (khum­bu­lani sibiya) What do you see in your fam­ily that you don’t want for your­self? i don’t want the re­sent­ment and bit­ter­ness be­tween my par­ents in my life. my dad has am­bi­tions of be­ing a com­mu­nity leader, which means fam­ily comes sec­ond. i want the cool life – to tour the world with djs while play­ing mu­sic. What’s been your great­est act of re­bel­lion? drop­ping out of var­sity is a huge source of grief. my mom’s against me be­ing a dj; she sees me as an ac­coun­tant. my dad, on the other hand, sup­ports my am­bi­tions of be­com­ing a per­former. my choice of be­ing a dj is tear­ing the fam­ily apart. So what kind of love do you want? i want a model-type, a “pin up girl” (but se­cretly i’d like to end up with some­one who can make me a fam­ily man…) mX­olisi (naymaps mapha­lala) What do you see in your fam­ily that you don’t want for your­self? i want a good, clean life. i want to stay away from crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and be happy and con­tent with all that’s hap­pen­ing in my life. i want to make my fam­ily happy and live a life out­side of evil. What’s been your great­est act of re­bel­lion? i’ve al­ways been the child who lis­tened, but now i’m re­ject­ing the money that my fa­ther is of­fer­ing me to start my own business in jo­han­nes­burg or else­where. So what kind of love do you want? i want a woman who knows what she wants in life. i want an in­tel­li­gent, gen­er­ous, kind and car­ing woman who’s will­ing to un­der­stand me. (hon­estly, i think i’m se­cretly at­tracted to women who’re sim­i­lar to my mother).

who’s who in uzalo?

the mdlet­shes – “the good­ies” Dad: pas­tor melusi (bheki mkhwane) chan­nelled his po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism into help­ing the poor through the church. Mom: zandile (leleti khu­malo) is re­served and still over­whelmed by a deep sor­row from the apartheid years. Son: party-boy ayanda is in love with the pro­duc­ing side of mu­sic but his fam­ily think that it’s just a day­dream.

the Xu­lus – “the gang­sters” Dad: muzi (mpumelelo bhu­lose) is a hi­jack­ing king­pin with a sil­ver tongue and an iron fist. Mom: lindiwe (dawn than­deka king) is a lively woman whose high-fly­ing fam­ily dis­owned her when she fell preg­nant by muzi. Son: mx­olisi is a good guy with a golden voice. he has no idea of his dad’s “job”.

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