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