Pup­pet mas­ter

Rox­anne takes back her life in the fi­nal sea­son of Z’Bondiwe.

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Z’Bondiwe Sea­son 3 Tues­days (from 14 March) e.tv (*194) 21:30

It’s been a bumpy and dan­ger­ous ride for the char­ac­ters of ac­tion­packed show Z’Bondiwe (2015- cur­rent) as they head deep into the gang un­der­world of Soweto. Killer (Mbulelo Groot­boom) is the head of no­to­ri­ous gang The Vutha Boys and his ob­ses­sion with his ex Rox­anne ( Zola Nom­bona) reached new heights in sea­son 2 (2016) when he got her preg­nant. The ac­tion picks up with Killer do­ing some­thing against the grain: he lets Rox­anne go free but keeps their son. “She’s dev­as­tated,” says Zola, “but she re­alises that it’s up to her and her new boyfriend Ntando (Anga Makubalo) to get back her son.”

A NEW EVIL IN TOWN

“Things are es­ca­lat­ing in sea­son 3,” adds the actress. “There is so much at stake and the view­ers will see a change in Rox­anne as she de­cides to stop be­ing the vic­tim and take back her life.” And with this change comes a change in pro­tag­o­nists. Killer is slightly out of the pic­ture be­cause it turns out he’s just a sol­dier pup­pet – Rox­anne will be go­ing to war with Killer’s boss, an even more dan­ger­ous vil­lain known as The Land­lord (Peter Se­phuma, Miles Vi­lakazi un­til 2015 in e.tv soap Rhythm City, 2007- cur­rent – see p23). “The Land­lord is the head of a pow­er­ful un­der­ground crime syn­di­cate orig­i­nally tied to The Vutha Boys,” says Zola. “He es­tab­lished The Vutha Boys to do his bid­ding and qui­etly pro­moted him­self to a higher, more ‘silent’ seat, plac­ing Killer in charge of all op­er­a­tions.” And it’s not just about busi­ness. When Killer’s fa­ther died, The Land­lord took him in and raised Killer. “But since be­com­ing a fa­ther, Killer’s had a change of heart and he is go­ing to do some­thing out of char­ac­ter – he is go­ing to ask Rox­anne for help to take down his fa­ther fig­ure.

Rox­anne and the men in her life: Killer (left) and Ntando.

Peter Se­phuma as The Land­lord.

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