Kid­nap car­nage

Bad-guy Ju­das raids the Zungu home­stead and re­turns home with his lost daugh­ter – and more!

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Grab your bul­let-proof vests, view­ers: Isibaya screens are go­ing to be full of bul­let holes and screams thanks to the kid­nap shoot-out on Thurs­day 2 March. And lead­ing the at­tack is Ju­das (Menzi Ngubane), who’s in full thug mode for the drama. tvplus was on-set for this ex­clu­sive be­hindthe-scenes look at the chaos…

LEARN­ING THE TRUTH

Ju­das is pro­tec­tive of his fam­ily, but he’s so busy run­ning the busi­ness and keep­ing an eye on the taxi in­dus­try that he’s blind to what is go­ing on right un­der his nose. Ju­das finds out from his son Qaphela (Ab­dul Khoza) on Wed­nes­day 1 March that his daugh­ter Zama (Linda Mtoba), the ap­ple of his eye, is off to see her lover Jabu (Pal­lance Dladla). “That his daugh­ter has snuck off with this Zungu boy makes Ju­das mad be­cause Jabu is his en­emy’s son. Ju­das slaps Qaphela and asks his son why he hid the truth from the fam­ily,” ex­plains Menzi.

TAK­ING AC­TION

Qaphela quickly ’fesses up that Zama and her boyfriend Jabu are hid­ing at the Zungu home­stead in KwaManzini. Blinded by fury, Ju­das rounds up his mob of armed hench­men on Thurs­day 2 March and takes along his son and

wife Beauty (Thuli Tha­bethe) to fetch Zama. “Ju­das tells Beauty he doesn’t care what hap­pens, as long as he has his Zama back by his side and at home where she’s safe,” says Menzi be­tween takes. “And so the chaos be­gins…”

BLOODY HELL

Menzi isn’t jok­ing about what’s com­ing next! Ju­das and his taxis full of gun­men speed into the Zungu home­stead later on Thurs­day 2 March and un­leash a storm of bul­lets. There are gun­shots and smoke and screech­ing tyres – Zungu taxi driver Fezile (Andile Mza­kaza) and his friends are mowed down by Ju­das’s crew, but that’s not what they’re af­ter… Ju­das gets his hands dirty and he and Qaphela hold the Zungu wives at gun­point, de­mand­ing that Zama come out.

“When Ju­das sees Zama walk out of the Zungu house, he’s hurt,” Menzi says. “He can’t be­lieve that his favourite [child] left a dou­ble-story house to live in a shack to be with her ‘boyfriend’ Jabu.” Ju­das lets rip on the wives and Jabu and tells them what he thinks of them, then he or­ders Qaphela to take Zama to the car where Beauty is wait­ing. Zama isn’t go­ing down with­out a fight and she tries to fight back, but Qaphela’s too strong and drags her off. “He doesn’t like do­ing this to his sis­ter, but it’s bet­ter than dis­obey­ing Ju­das,” Menzi adds.

AN­OTHER SEARCH

Ju­das isn’t done though – he wants to find Ler­ato (Florence Mok­gatsi), his witch­doc­tor Sun­day’s (Zakhele Msibi) be­witched lady love. “Sun­day was in the process of turn­ing Ler­ato [from be­ing part of the Zungu clan] to be Ju­das’s right-hand lady,” Menzi says. “Ju­das wants Ler­ato be­cause she will do any­thing for him… any­thing!”

Sun­day fled the home­stead when he saw Ju­das’s mob ar­riv­ing and Ju­das takes three hostages un­til he can find both Sun­day and Ler­ato: Zungu boss Mpiyakhe’s (Siyabonga Twala) tod­dler Man­qoba (Qhayiya Shin­gange), teenager Thokozani (Amina Karen-Sue Jack) and Zama’s sweet­heart Jabu.

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

Ju­das and Beauty give Zama and Jabu an ul­ti­ma­tum on Thurs­day 2 March – “Jabu is told to choose: Zama or the Zun­gus,” Menzi re­veals. “Scared for his life, Jabu chooses his fam­ily and af­ter an in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Ju­das re­leases him.” A heart­bro­ken Zama is in tears on Fri­day 3 March and her fa­ther tries to cheer her up with a brand-new Mercedes as a gift. “But Ju­das doesn’t re­alise that this isn’t what she wants. He has bro­ken his fam­ily – emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally. Can Ju­das even bring his fam­ily to­gether again?” Menzi asks.

FIRE IT UP

The Zungu raid is go­ing to sound and look like a real-life gun­fight – and not just be­cause the stunt­men are well trained. “The guns used for Isibaya are nor­mal AK47s and UZIs. Their bar­rels have full re­stric­tive sys­tems to al­low the blanks to work,” ex­plains Tim Kil­shaw. Tim is an on-set weapons ex­pert from Hire Arms, a lo­cal com­pany that for 30 years has been sup­ply­ing the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try with replica, stunt, blank­fir­ing, de­ac­ti­vated and cus­tom-built weapons, bat­tle gear, uni­forms and pe­riod props (like swords).

Hire Arms has branches in Joburg and Cape Town and they’ve worked with over 1 000 fea­ture films and TV se­ries, in­clud­ing drama se­ries Black Sails (2014- cur­rent, see p36), sci-fi movie Chap­pie (2015) and ac­tion film The Brothers Grimsby (2016).

A ter­ri­fied Zama kicks and screams as her brother Qaphela (cen­tre) drags her into a car to take her home.

A mob of gun­men roll into the Zungu home­stead to do Ju­das’s bid­ding.

Fezile is fa­tally wounded dur­ing the home­stead raid. Sun­day es­capes when he sees Ju­das’s men ar­rive.

Ju­das is cool, calm and armed as he gets ready to take back what’s his: his daugh­ter.

A re­mote-con­trol drone was used to cap­ture aerial shots of the raid. TVPLUS EX­CLU­SIVE ON SET!

The weapons ex­perts brought 20 real AK47 guns for the scene.

The make-up artists and stunt­men care­fully add fake blood to Fezile’s clothes to cre­ate his bleed­ing gun wound.

Blanks were used in the weapons.

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