A good guy turns to the dark side to save the love of his life in brand-new action series Z’bondiwe.
Love can make people do some very questionable things, but giving up the life you know to rescue the woman you love from the clutches of her gangster ex-boyfriend? That’s the stuff movies are made of – and Ntando’s (Anga Makubalo) living it out in Z’bondiwe (2015-current).
Dubbed “a romance action drama” by creative producer Roberta Durrant, e.tv’s new series takes a peek into the criminal underworld through the eyes of real-life ex- convict Israel Makoe, who plays a former criminal named Jakes. “Bringing Israel into the writing team brought authenticity and texture into the story,” says Roberta. Thanks to this addition, the unspoken and unseen world of gangsterism is unveiled, with the handsome Ntando right in the thick of the action.
A TROUBLED PAST
So what is Z’bondiwe all about? Two smart people fall in love and become a near-perfect couple after meeting at the University Of Cape Town. Three years later, law graduate Ntando and his business-degree alumna sweetheart Roxanne (Zola Nombona) are headed to Joburg after he gets a lucrative job offer.
But Roxanne would rather not move to Jozi because she has some unfinished business there – and it goes by the name of Killer (Mbulelo Grootboom). “When she was 16, she got involved with a gangster who was dangerously obsessed with her,” explains Zola. “She’s afraid to return to Joburg because she
GONE BABY, GONE
thinks that he’ll track her down, even after all the years of being off the radar. Of course, her beau hasn’t an inkling of her past life and Roxanne would very much like to keep it that way. But she still tags along to the place she fears most – all for love.” It turns out that her fears weren’t totally unfounded and just as soon as Roxanne and Ntando touch down in Joburg, Killer latches on to her scent. “He’s a psychopath with a disturbing obsession and he doesn’t take no for an answer,” says Mbulelo. That explains what happens next: “Things go horribly wrong and Roxanne gets kidnapped almost immediately,” Anga explains.
Roxanne’s worst fear is soon realised when the crazed Killer reveals what he wants from her. “Roxanne’s the first woman, apart from his mom, that Killer has loved unconditionally and while he isn’t upset that she ran away, he’s glad that he has her back,” Mbulelo explains. Although the feeling isn’t mutual, Roxanne agrees to stay with Killer to protect Ntando.
Meanwhile, Ntando’s freaking out over his missing girlfriend. “As much as he’s from a wealthy family, he believes in getting things done himself,” Anga explains. There’s no ransom note but every second that goes by means that his girl’s in more danger. Roxanne’s perfect little façade unravels when Ntando goes to the police to report her missing and they discover that she is holed up with Killer.
How does he take the news? Ntando is faced with the daunting decision of either co-operating with the police to infiltrate the underworld and get his girl back – which would require him to join a rival gang and become a part of it all – or help the cops find another way to free Roxanne. Trouble is, she may not make it out alive! “Ntando’s love for her is tested when he has to make sacrifices and a decision that could both change his life or end it,” Anga reveals. “It’s an epic love story.”
Ntando (right) wants his girl back, but Killer
has other ideas. HEADS UP! Z’bondiwe, which started on Tuesday 12 May, will consist
of 26 episodes.