Cape Town – e.tv's new series, Heist, set to start on Tuesday 9 February at 21:30 is a ripped-from-the-headlines drama taking its inspiration from the May 2013 Justin Bieber concert cash heist when robbers staged a daring smash and grab and stole millions after a carefully planned break-in at the FNB Stadium.
Heist, produced by Matatiele production company Branded Soul with director Rolie Nikiwe, is filmed in the Alexandra township and the new series is inspired by the shocking and daring cash heist that took place near Soweto in 2013.
Heist, described by e.tv as an action thriller and starring actors Jerry Mofokeng, Jody Abrahams, Wright Ngubeni, Meshack Mavuso, Kenneth Nkosi, Warren Masemola and Mbali Ka Ngwenya, will portray the social and economic challenges faced by South Africans and will replace Z'bondiwe in the 21:30 timeslot from 9 February.
Although dealing with poverty and South Africa's societal challenges, e.tv says Heist won't be glamourising violence or crime.
What eventually happens is that the various characters who decide to pull off a heist immediately after a concert at a stadium, eventually turn on each other as the pursuit of money change them, proving that a life of crime never pays off.
The series starts when an old man, Talent (Jerry Mofokeng) gets fired from his job as stadium grass cutter of more than 20 years, triggering anger and revenge. He then forms a gang of five men and one woman to pull of the daring heist.
"e.tv will continue to ensure that our viewers are kept entertained," says Monde Twala, managing director of e.tv's channels division about Heist.
"Local story telling is a key pillar for our prime time line-up and we are committed to deliver an innovative mix of programming able to resonate well within our broad audience base. Our viewers are in for a fascinating 2016 prime time line-up," says Twala.
"In 2016 our viewers will enjoy more innovative and diverse local content. We want to bring more action, edge and thrill to the channel".