Film depicts gangster life

2017-02-15 06:02

The troubled main character in the movie is named after the deadly Okapi knife.

Okapi lives in Galeshewe, a township outside Kimberley, notorious for its knife crime, gangster life and distinct language.

Though the new dispensation has improved the quality of life in the township, poverty and despair still contribute to rampant crime, drugs and alcohol abuse.

Yet hope and opportunity still live in the minds of others, where generations of politicians, entrepreneurs, bureaucrats, intellectuals, artists and miners have emerged.

Okapi (played by Themba Dike) is a God-fearing thug, raised by his mother (Thembi Ntontela), a spiritual healer who firmly believes in the principle of an eye for an eye.

He leads a one-man fight against gangs that rob and grab, loot and stab.

Okapi sets out each morning to serve justice on the crowded streets of Galeshewe.

He is a township legend who stabs tsotsis without being seen.

His crimes soon become a mystery to police.

This mystery is never solved, as the only ones who come forward are criminals who cannot be trusted.

But one day, Okapi wakes up to confess to a multitude of murders and stabbings.

He builds a strong case and brings witnesses against himself, all because he believes that he is dying and like a wild animal which knows when death is upon it seeks a dark and lonely place to die where the sun is a luxury, he chooses to die in jail.

After receiving a sentence of life imprisonment, he leaves behind his mother, sister, brother and daughter.

Ten years later, his daughter is 15 years old and a loyal church-goer.

She is attacked by a gang of boys on her way back from a night-prayer meeting.

A cold-hearted gang of four ruthless addicts drag her to the Galeshewe Cemetery, where they brutally rape and murder her.

Okapi swears to avenge the death of his only child.

Soon multiple murders ensue. The only clue left behind is a message: “Okapi was here.”

Who can stop this menace to society before the Galeshewe Cemetery is full?

  • The movie is written and directed by Thabo Motlhabi, who was born and raised in the Northern Cape.

He has extensive experience in the arts sector.

The film is produced by Thapelo Kgomotshwane, who hails from Bokone Bophirima.

The cast, crew and production team are all professionals who grouped themselves together to create a film industry in the Northern Cape and Bokone Bophirima.

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