Mzansi Magic’s highly-anticipated and captivating drama series produced by Pixel Perfect Productions premiered with a bang earlier this month, 7 October.

iThemba revolves around a shocking discovery made by Philiswa, a university student who hails from humble beginnings in Port Elizabeth, this means that from a young age the odds were stacked against her, and hers would be a journey of constant survival and fighting just for basic necessities. She has this fond respect for her sister Nomonde and after getting her feet in the door of tertiary education reality kicks in as lack of funds puts her in a situation where she has to drop out just when she’s about to finish. She then goes on a quest to seek Nomonde’s help but her sister is no longer the warm, caring elder sibling she remembers. 

Nomonde is seemingly under the spell of a very manipulative and charming cult leader and true to the nature of any cult that preys on the vulnerable and destitute. She reveals a mysterious set of circumstances and string of blood curdling secrets brought about by the disappearance of her older sister Nomonde all at the hands of the leaders of a religious cult called the “Kingdom of Blessings”

The series has been receiving acclaims from viewers and the opening episode in particular, has struck a chord with viewers on social media likening it to a similar situation that occurred in the Eastern Cape, Engcobo. 

The cast boasts with big names & intersting enough it sure seems like we have a Re-Union of the all time favorite SABC 1 Drama series Home Affairs. Vatiswa Ndara gets to reunite with the Golden Horn Winner & Emmy Nominee Brenda Ngxoli and other Home Affairs co-stars Noluthando Jeje, Zizi Peteni & the legendary Bab’ Donald Mathunjwa. 

Other notable names in this cast include Phakamisa Zwedala who has recently enthralled us with his role on The Republic, Anelisa Phewa also graces this awesome series alongside Thandy Matlaila and the legendary Bab’ Vusi Thanda as members of this insidious cult.

Pakamisa Zwedala
Thandy Matlaila

We see new faces being blended with experienced actors & worth to mention are the two new actors Mangi Tebeka playing Philiswa and Tshepiso Jeme playing Zithulele. 

Mangi Tebeka

As the saying goes: “Art imitates life” With recent trends of the so-called “chosen ones” promising to  perform all kinds of ‘miracles’, and churches going viral across the country, we couldn’t help but to sing praises on how relatable this story is – tackling issues of all victims in our societies who turn to church for  comfort and end up being caught in a snare.

Ithemba S1 plays every Monday 7 on Mzansi Magic (Channel 161) at 20:00 

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