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Lockdown is a local prison drama that debuted on 9 January and takes place in the fictional prison, Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Service. The highly anticipated show is currently on its fifth episode. Standing out for its all-star female cast and original concept, Lockdown is living up to the anticipation it generated.
The storyline is centred around two conflicting characters. The first is the maternal figure, Ma Z (Dawn Thandeka King), whose only goal is to leave prison to be a good mother to the daughter she left behind. Holding onto the possibility of early release on the basis of good behaviour, Ma Z leads the other inmates with a controlled and subtle hand, but is not beyond manipulation. The second central character is Tyson (Lorcia Cooper), a tough and intimidating boxer. Contrasting to Ma Z, Tyson has a powerful personality that allows her to get what she wants within the confines of the prison. Regardless, both women are restricted to their own territories to avoid confrontation.
Overshadowing the rivalries between the two factions of inmates are the prison guards. Tough but fair prison governor Beauty (Slindile Nodangala) hides her corrupt practices behind a no-nonsense façade, while trying to maintain power against the ambitious warder Sharon (Lindiwe Ndlovu).
Written and Directed by Mandla Ndimane, this hit drama is an authentic showcase of South African production and acting. Each episode is a leap forward for the local film industry, putting up a strong performance against other popular television shows. If you enjoyed Orange is the New Black, be sure to catch Lockdown every Monday on Mzansi Magic at 20:00.