Play­ing the hero

Sizwe fights against evil to save his peo­ple in the new sea­son of Isik­izi.

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Isik­izi Sea­son 2 Mon­days (from 10 April) Mzansi Magic (*161) 20:00

New chief Sizwe (Phila Madlin­gozi) was born a dis­grace to the royal fam­ily in drama show Isik­izi (2016- cur­rent). His fam­ily tried to get rid of him when a prophet told them that he’s des­tined take over the throne and the roy­als made it their mis­sion to stop the boy in his tracks. But it seemed like he couldn’t es­cape his fate: Sizwe hit and killed his dad ac­ci­den­tally while driv­ing to the city, which led to him ar­riv­ing in the vil­lage and tak­ing his right­ful po­si­tion as chief this time around. “This sea­son is in­spired by good ver­sus evil,” says pro­ducer Roberta Dur­rant. “Sizwe’s fight­ing a deadly in­fec­tion that needs to be stopped and the only way to bring down this evil is through the do­ing of good.”

THE GOOD FIGHT

It’s not easy be­ing chief and Sizwe’s

got his hands full. “He’s very du­ti­ful, if that’s a word. Sizwe leads with his heart and he tries to do the right thing for his peo­ple,” ex­plains Phila – and that starts with im­prov­ing the vil­lagers’ lives, like giv­ing them clean drink­ing wa­ter that they were promised and putting a stop to cor­rupt and power-hun­gry peo­ple, like Mcethe (Phakamisa Zwedala), who’s us­ing dark magic to threaten Sizwe’s king­dom and take over as ruler. But Sizwe won’t give up with­out a fight and Phila ex­plains that “he fights to keep his peo­ple safe with his name dig­ni­fied and his legacy in­tact. The throne is a sym­bol of lead­er­ship and hon­our to Sizwe and this is a chance to prove that he is the right­ful king”.

BACK TO THE ROOTS

Cre­at­ing the show is an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Roberta and she says that “we love go­ing into the realm of the su­per­nat­u­ral. The story’s cen­tred around dark magic, prophe­cies and the af­ter­life and we get to make be­liev­able and en­ter­tain­ing”.

Young Sizwe’s prophecy has come true and he’s tak­ing over as chief.

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