The Khozas are in town! Meet the new family joining SABC 2's Giyani - Land of Blood

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The Khoza family in Giyani - Land of Blood.
The Khoza family in Giyani - Land of Blood.
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  • Giyani - Land of Blood is returning for a third season next month.
  • SABC 2 announced its return in November 2022, after the drama went on a production break at the end of May.
  • Joining the show this season are, among others, Lesley Musina and Bokang Phelane.

Xitsonga drama Giyani – Land of Blood returns for its third season next month.

It returns on Monday, 6 February, in its 21:30 timeslot, Monday to Wednesday on SABC 2 (DStv 192).

"Giyani – Land of Blood explores powerful, emotive and clear themes about land and answers the questions: who the rightful owner of the land is, who has the right to exploit the land," a press statement reads. "All these thematic views are infused with all the captivating backdrops of a classical telenovela – two warring families, a secret past and a forbidden love story between Khensani Mudau (now played by Mahlatsi Mokoena) and Musa Baloyi."

This season sees the introduction of the Khoza family, headed by successful lawyer Solani Khoza (played by Lesley Musina) and his former promo girl turned club manager wife Pele (played by Bokang Phelane). Zigi Ndlovu (as Dzovo) joins as Solani's son and Khensani's new love interest.

Nsuku Baloyi (as Mambeku) joins as Solani's sister and matriarch of the Khoza family and his two daughters Mizo (Nkateko Mabunda) and Zuri. 

Reprising their roles are Rami Chuene (as Manoko), who continues with her manipulation and criminal activities and Ndivhuho Mutsila (as Richard), Linah Ngcobo (as Mhani Tsani), Noel Baloyi (as Mahlori) alongside Fumani Shilubana (as Vukosi) and Maduvha Madima (as Shoni).

"Season 3 is about coming full circle on these themes of the series, and secrets will be exposed. This season embarks on the show's final odyssey with a world that has expanded and changed – the banana plantation has been replaced by the game lodge, which Manoko continues to pillage, while the villagers remain marginalized and living in poverty on their supposed own land."

In November, the channel said the show had begun production after going off-air at the end of May.

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