Earlier this year, it was confirmed that popular Mzansi Magic telenovela Isibaya would be coming to an end in April 2021. Avid viewers of Isibaya were saddened by the news, but have also been eagerly waiting to see what new show was going to takeover the daily 20:30 slot on the channel.
Now, Mzansi Magic has finally revealed that a new telenovela called DiepCity will be taking over from Isibaya and they’ve shared the first teaser video (see below).
According to the channel, the new telenovela is about ‘crime, faded dreams and redemption for four young women forced into a life of crime in high school’.
It centres around the exploits of Nokuthula "Nox" Jele, played by Nozuko Ncayiyane (who's been in Skeem Saam and Scandal!), a small time burglar and hustler.
In the teaser promo shared, four young ladies (who form part of the lead cast: Nox, Tsakani, Lerato and Asanda) that are seemingly good friends are seen standing on an rooftop sharing innocent advice which quickly turns dark as ‘Nox’ says “… and know when to pull the trigger.”
“As part of our new show offering for April, DiepCity is a tale that not only has an explosive, gripping storyline but one that exposes the lived realities of most South Africans – the life of crime and poverty," Nomsa Philiso, director of local entertainment channels at M-Net, said in a statement.
“The show also goes beyond the act of crime itself and delves into what motivates or compels desperate people to do what they do. This telenovela promises to be a very popular debutant in the primetime slot and we are very excited about this."
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Created by the award-winning Mandla N of Black Brain Pictures - who’s also behind Mzansi Magic’s Lockdown - the new telenovela will also feature the likes of Dawn Thandeka King and Mduduzi Mabaso (popularly known as Suffocate of Rhythm City) amongst others.
Isibaya comes to an end on Friday, 2 April, and DiepCity will air from Monday, 5 April.