Move over Game of Thrones, because the Zuma daughters have just created South Africa’s own alternative – a dramatic new TV series titled Ifalakhe. The brand new show, which is set in early South Africa, aired on Sunday night and was created by Gugu Zuma-Ncube and her sister, Thuli Zuma.
Gugu Zuma-Ncube is widely hailed as one of the most influential content creators in television, having put her stamp on Uzalo and the two have combined their experience to deliver a show which had South African fans buzzing early this week.
The period drama, produced by Stained Glass Productions, grabbed the attention of viewers from the moment it aired on Mzansi Magic. Many reflected that this show was the African version of other popular historic dramas that fans on the continent have been waiting for. The show tells the story of the Okuhle tribe who wage war on the neighbouring Khanya clan after the latter is accused of stealing livestock from their kingdom.
Speaking to IOL before the show’s big debut, Ifalakhe’s director, Mmamitse Thibedi explained how this project has been in the works for the last three years: It’s a period story, and so, that did need a lot of research from our team.
“We have been working on this since 2016 until now, so it has taken us a very long time to develop the story, including getting all the cultural nuances right, the wardrobe, and what symbolism the clothes had, and how life was like back then.” The Zuma daughters grabbed the headlines on social media after the show premiered on Sunday evening.
In other news – Suspect killed after Cresta mall robbery
One suspect has been killed and another arrested after a shootout with police following a robbery at an electronics store at Cresta Shopping Centre on Tuesday.
Police say a third suspect is still on the run. Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said in a statement that a group of men entered an electronics store and stole several electronics and appliances. Read more