Local thriller Shaft 6 to premiere on DStv Box Office

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  • Local thriller Shaft 6 will premiere on DStv Box Office on Friday, 27 November.
  • The film is inspired in the aftermath of the Marikana Massacre in which SAPS killed 34 miners.
  • The cast includes Vuyo Dabula, Paul du Toit, Deon Lotz, Dr Jerry Mofokeng and Sandile Vincent Mahlangu.

After showing at the Durban International Film Festival, the local thriller Shaft 6 will premiere exclusively on DStv Box Office on Friday, 27 November.

Inspired in the aftermath of the Marikana massacre, in which 34 miners were gunned down by the South African Police Force the film is set in the mining town of Carlton. The community is shaken by the discovery of a body in an abandoned mine shaft at Coleman Theron Gold.

Tasked to investigate the case are Sergeant Bo Mazibuko (Vuyo Dabula) and detective Heinrich Theron (Paul du Toit) whose father is the owner of the mine. Tensions in the town run high as the union threaten to strike if the mine is not shut down and demand that Heinrich be taken off the case.

Shaft 6, directed and produced by Delon Bakker, tackles socio-political issue still faced in the country today.

"With the devastation of the Marikana massacre still ringing in South African's ears, the film confronts issues of corruption, race inequality and the still palpable tension between South Africa's police force and its citizens," reads a press statement.

On whether the film is based on the 2012 Marikana massacre Delon said: "I think for a long time we tried to keep the film insular from what happened in Marikana. But over the years it's become impossible to deny the thematic parallels between the film and what happened in 2012.

"The town is a microcosm for post-apartheid South Africa, and to properly reflect where the town and where South Africa is today, it would be natural for there to be similarities."

Deon Lotz, who plays mine owner Johan Theron, said "what is important about the movie is it highlights that there are systemic problems that there are issues with systems, that it's not individuals of any race that is guilty. I think it highlights, whoever is in charge that they are the culprits."

Vuyo Dabula said that what he hopes the audience will take away from this film is that "we are the sum of all of our experiences where we come from. Our past usually informs the decisions that we make. That's a fact of life. If you can deal with yourself, then you will get to a point where you literally now know your authentic self."

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