Mzansi Magic’s Ikhaya makes its way back on screen

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Ikhaya, the drama se­ries that kept Mzansi Magic view­ers glued to their small screens, is com­ing back for its se­cond sea­son.

This time it’s big­ger, bet­ter and with great storylines, as well as twists and turns that will keep view­ers en­ter­tained in the new year.

If the first sea­son is any­thing to go by, then view­ers are in for a shock in the se­cond sea­son.

Ikhaya is about a man with two lives and too many se­crets.

In the first sea­son we were in­tro­duced to Ed­die Se­bat­jane (Saint Se­seli), a man who had two wives in dif­fer­ent prov­inces – Gaut­eng and Lim­popo – and kept it a se­cret from both of them.

He left his home in Lim­popo in search of a job in Jo­han­nes­burg to save the life of his ill baby. But he lost his morals along the way when he al­lowed him­self to be show­ered with gifts and money by his boss’ daugh­ter, Ce­bile Mbatha, played by Nqo­bile Si­pamla, who he saved from an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship.

He al­lowed him­self to be se­duced by the money and good life that came with be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship with Ce­bile, as the money came in handy be­cause he could use it to save his daugh­ter’s life.

Just when he thought he was done hav­ing fun, Ce­bile found out she was preg­nant and he had to se­cretly marry her as his se­cond wife. The se­cret life of Ed­die Se­bat­jane went on for 20 years.

The new sea­son is tak­ing things to an­other level as Ed­die is now liv­ing with both wives in the same house­hold – one man, two wives, one life, but still too many se­crets.

This time he has to pro­tect his first wife from the se­cond one, af­ter the for­mer ac­ci­den­tally killed the lat­ter’s child. Ex­cit­ing!

City Press caught up with the crew two weeks be­fore they wrapped up the se­cond sea­son’s shoot in Diep­kloof, Soweto.

We ar­rived on set as the cast did their dry run, pre­par­ing to shoot their next scene be­fore they grabbed lunch. We picked up that they were like fam­ily, the house was full of laugh­ter, jokes and danc­ing.

Molobane Maja-Mbatha, who plays Rais­ibe Se­bat­jane, the first wife who stays in Lim­popo, said the set is a joy­ful one.

“We are fam­ily ... when one is not there you can feel their ab­sence. We joke and do ev­ery­thing, but when it comes to busi­ness we get into busi­ness and it be­comes eas­ier for us to do the work.”

She said what ex­cited her the most about the story were the twists and the drama that would oc­cur in the se­cond sea­son, es­pe­cially with her char­ac­ter.

“Play­ing Rais­ibe has been nice and chal­leng­ing. In sea­son two I play two char­ac­ters at the same time. I have to be sweet and play an­other woman, which I do not want to give out too much in­for­ma­tion about,” she laughed.

Se­seli said his role had also chal­lenged him, but thought the se­cond sea­son had been a lot eas­ier be­cause he al­ready knew his char­ac­ter.

“As much as the two sep­a­rate lives come with two sep­a­rate char­ac­ters, as one per­son, I had to make up two char­ac­ters be­cause there is the Lim­popo Ed­die and the Jo­han­nes­burg one. Be­sides chang­ing the lan­guage, the ex­pec­ta­tions and val­ues change. In Lim­popo he is the head of the house, but in Jo­han­nes­burg it’s like Ce­bile is con­trol­ling him.”

He says in real life he does not wish to be in Ed­die’s shoes be­cause he be­lieves in bru­tal hon­esty.

“I can’t lie. If some­thing doesn’t work for me, you will be the first to know if we are in a re­la­tion­ship. I would find it dif­fi­cult not hav­ing to tell the one wife that there is an­other one.”

He says he hopes that peo­ple will learn from the drama and those who are al­ready in that kind of a sit­u­a­tion can be taught some­thing dif­fer­ent.

He added that he met one man who said to him: “Ah man, you are ex­pos­ing us be­cause I was with my fam­ily watch­ing the drama and I was think­ing this is me.”

The project was wrapped up last month and is be­ing pol­ished so that view­ers will re­ceive the best of the best. Catch the se­cond sea­son of Ikhaya on Mzansi Magic (DStv chan­nel 161) from

Jan­uary 7 at 8pm

PHOTO: MPUMELELO BUTHELEZI

FAM­ILY AF­FAIR Saint Se­seli and Molobane Maja-Mbatha on the set of the se­cond sea­son of Ikhaya. The two play hus­band and first wife in this fam­ily drama that prom­ises in­trigu­ing story lines

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