The Hlophe family make an explosive entry into The River

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The Hlophe family on The River.
The Hlophe family on The River.
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  • Three members of the dangerous and wealthy Hlophe family finally made their entry into The River.
  • They make their entry into the telenovela through a bank robbery.
  • Two more family members will be introduced.

Three members of the wealthy and very dangerous Hlophe family made an explosive entry into 1Magic telenovela The River on Thursday evening.

Head of the family and traditional patriarch Bukhosi (played by Bheki Mkhwane) made his debut in the episode alongside his sons Mlilo (played by Vuyo Biyela) and Nkanyiso (Unathi Mkhize).

In the episode the three of them visit a bank as the Mokoena family is about to leave.

They proceed to rob the bank one of the sons shoots a guard during the robbery. Bukhosi then instructed the bank manager – strapped with a bomb - to exit the bank and hand a phone to the national police commissioner Zweli Dikana (played by Hlomla Dandala) outside.

After making his way out of the bank and handing the phone to Zweli, Bukhosi presses the detonator, and the bomb goes off.

Following the episode the show trendedon social media overnight. Fans of the show were left wanting more and sang the praises of the production comppany, Tshedza Pictures. 


Two more members of the mafioso family are still to be introduced to viewers - Bukhosi’s younger second wife, Nomafu (played by Brenda Mhlongo), and Khwezi (played by Tina Dlathu).

Tina is the real-life sister of Sindi Dlathu, who plays the character of Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana.

Tune into season 5 of The River weeknights on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 20:00.

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