A good guy turns to the dark side to save the love of his life in brand-new ac­tion se­ries Z’bondiwe.

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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.


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


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.

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