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Emotional bombshell turns Zabalaza’s 100th episode into riveting viewing

By admin
19 October 2013

Zabalaza is gearing up to celebrate its 100th episode, marking yet another landmark moment for Mzansi Magic’s first-ever Lokshin Soap.

Flighting on Thursday, 24 October 2013, Zabalaza’s 100th episode comes amidst an emotional bombshell that has thrown the world of Qiniso 'Q' Cele (Junior Singo) into disarray.

Touching on an issue that’s not uncommon in township life, Qiniso has discovered that Gasta Cele (Baby Cele), the matriarch of the Cele family, is not his real mother. All this time, Gasta has been raising Qiniso for her friend, Sponono.

Award-winning actress Lindiwe Ndlovu turns in a spectacular performance as Sponono, the mother who has been through her own hardships and now wants to get to know the child that has been away from her for all these years.

The news of Qiniso’s parentage throws the Cele family into turmoil and young, introverted computer whizz begins to question his whole existence. The 100th episode takes a dramatic turn when Sponono ends up in a mental institution and Qiniso now demands to know who his father is.

Set in Dube, Soweto, Zabalaza centres on the family of Joseph “Jazzman” Cele, his wife Gasta and their children.  On the surface all appears well with the Cele family – but as the current uncertainties around Qiniso shows, appearances can be deceiving and even the most “normal” township family has its secrets.

The soap boasts a stellar cast of celebrated local talent. Seputla Sebogodi takes the lead as Jazzman Cele alongside other well-known actors including Mopho Molepo, Zandile Msutwana, Manaka Ranaka, Mbali Ntuli, Thami Sithole, Matli Mohapeloa and Khanya Mkangisa.

Zabalaza is yet another manifestation of Mzansi Magic’s commitment since its inception to bring township stories to viewers.

As the forerunner of the Lokshin Soap genre, Zabalaza integrates township settings and its culture into the fabric of the narrative, making for a soapie that reflects the lives of millions of South Africans. Zabalaza follows the successful footsteps of the Lokshin bioskop series which continues to demonstrate the expansion of this popular genre in South Africa.

Zabalaza is broadcast Mondays to Thursdays 21:00 on Mzansi Magic (Channel 161) and also on M-Net’s brand new, local, general entertainment offering, Mzansi Wethu (Channel 163) in the same timeslot.