Isi­baya: your say

Fans share their likes and dis­likes about the pop­u­lar soapie.

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Isi­baya (2013- cur­rent) has been go­ing strong since day 1 and has built an au­di­ence of 1.2 mil­lion view­ers (ac­cord­ing to the March 2017 TAMS). While we asked the pop­u­lar soapie to pro­vide us with a sneak pre­view for June and July 2017, they were un­able to due to tight pro­duc­tion sched­ules. So we asked view­ers to tell us what you’d like to see (or not see) on­screen…

Sbu and Than­deka (Sdumo Mt­shali and Nomzamo Mbatha) had a rocky ro­mance through­out 2016 and early 2017 but view­ers are hop­ing they stay to­gether the sec­ond-time round. “What I like is the fact that Sbu and Than­deka are back to­gether. I also like that Qondi and Duma show love too, it’s not just guns and witch­craft…” – Ncenga Le­godi via Face­book

Mean­while, an­other fan wants the other Zungu wives to be­come more in­volved in the main sto­ry­lines. “I’d like to see a love af­fair with one of the Zungu wives. Like Bheku­muzi and Zungu’s sec­ond wife or even Qondi and one of Sbu’s friends will make a great cou­ple ” – Than­dazani Jiyani via Face­book Oth­ers think that it could use a few char­ac­ters rep­re­sent­ing the LGBT (Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual, Trans) com­mu­nity. “Make Qaphela and Zweli a gay cou­ple so that, for once we have a gay prince!” – Ayanda via Twit­ter

But not all view­ers are happy with the cur­rent sto­ry­lines and would like a few things to change on the soapie… “Isi­baya has be­come pre­dictable. The Zun­gus are al­ways vic­to­ri­ous and it’s al­ways their en­e­mies’ chil­dren who betray their fathers for the Zun­gus. Sbu be­trayed Sam­son, Zweli be­trayed Bhek­ifa, Zama be­trayed Ju­das. It would be nice to see the Zun­gus lose power, for once” – Joy Mmo­lawa via Face­book

While some char­ac­ters left, like Bhek­ifa (Vusi Kunene, who re­turned to Gen­er­a­tions – see p19 – when his char­ac­ter died in a 2016 bomb at­tack), new faces have been wel­comed like Lil­lian (Linda Se­bezo – see p13), who’s be­come an in­stant af­ter she joined in April 2017. “This is mar­vel­lous that [Greed & De­sire’s Sharon D] is now on Isi­baya” – Vod­loza Ma­hoba via Twit­ter

But one char­ac­ter who’s a miss with fans is zom­bie- cre­at­ing witch­doc­tor Sun­day (Zakhele Msibi)… “Sun­day Nk­abinde must just end”

– Nomvula Msibi Dh­ludhlu via Face­book

Could you see King Zweli swap­ping his royal bride Sihle for a man?

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