Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161)
Mzansi Magic’s new half-hour reality show, created by the producers that gave us I Blew It, is all about spouses who want to disclose that they have fathered or mothered a child outside marriage or a relationship.
Hosted by The Real Housewives of Johannesburg star Lethabo LeJoy Mathatho and directed by Kopano Molokoane, the show is nothing special in terms of format or production value, but the salacious concept is sure to get viewers tuning in.
“My aim as host is to understand the story fully,” Lethabo told #Trending. “Every story came with its own developments and somehow, somewhere you are touched and can relate.”
Molokoane says that he created the show because he felt the children who were born into these kinds of situations suffered more than the parents.
In the premiere episode this week, we meet Mpho, who fell pregnant at the age of 17. Mpho says her parents forced her to drop out of school and hide the shame of having fallen pregnant.
After the baby’s birth, Mpho came back and the family pretended that Mpho’s child was actually her younger sister. Can you imagine!
Now, Mpho wants to come clean with her fiancé, Mphethi, that she actually has a child.
Mphethi, who has a child of his own, reacts well to the revelation, telling Mpho he still loves her and would like to marry her and raise the child as his own.
What is powerful about Ingane Yam is that these occurrences aren’t rare. Families forcing young mothers to hide their pregnancies happens often and, unfortunately, it is the children who grow up confused.
Host Mathatho appears compassionate and caring in the show, and does her to-camera pieces well.
Unfortunately, a single revelation is not enough to carry viewers through half an hour, and producers should consider splicing two cases into one episode.