TRUE LOVE attended the media screening of e.tv's new drama series Traffic! - a new eKasi+ detective drama series at the Emoyeni function and conference venue in Parktown.
The show deals with the underbelly of Cape Town; drug trafficking and human trafficking. The lead characters are played by award winning actress Bonnie Mbuli (Detective Mlaba) and Bongo Mbutuma (Detective Sibanda ). Mbutuma is also a well-established actor in his own right, having starred in the critically-acclaimed movies District 9, Mary & Martha and a series of local dramas. The shows cast, representatives from e.tv, and Penguin Films (the show's creators) were in attendance at the screening. Monde Twala, Head of Channel for e.tv says, " We launched a new platform last year which is targeted at a very local perspective . the channel is very focused on local content and dramas especially. We've seen that South Africa love stories." "The introduction of Traffic! on e.tv channels is consistent with our mandate: to bring South Africans good quality entertainment. With Traffic!, our viewers will experience gripping content that is fairly under-exposed in this country in the form of a detective series, and also content that has quality that can be benchmarked with international programmes of this nature,” he added.
Kaye Ann Williams , a writer, producer and director from Penguin Films shared how even at the inception of the idea for the series Mbuli had been the person they had in mind to play Detective Mlaba. " We wanted to see a series with a kick ass female cop mowing down bad guys on TV We felt Bonnie encapsulated this woman and crossed fingers that she would be available to do it.
Not only was Mbuli available to take on the role, she also shared how it was one of her most challenging roles to date. " It was one of my most exciting roles to date. It will grip South Africa. It represents a new day for South African storytelling and I'm honoured to have been a part of it".
Catch Traffic! Wednesdays at 9:30PM on eKasi+, Channel 105 on OpenView HD and 9:35PM on e.tv from February 12, 2014.