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Broadcaster: SABC1 
Show Genre: Comedy
Series Premiere: Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Series Finale: Monday, July 13, 2009

Show Summary

Family Bonds (Ezomdeni in Zulu) is a South African television sitcom created by Mandla Thabethe and produced for SABC1 by Deon Potgieter and Mandla Thabethe of Sosiba Entertainment about a young couple who move from the East Coast township of Umlazi to the suburbs of Umbilo and who are inundated with friends and relatives looking to catch a ride.

The series originally aired on SABC1 from 27 February, 2007 to 13 July, 2009. It ended following the death of series creator and star Mandla Thabethe in January 2010 and there are 39 half-hour episodes in two seasons.

See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.


Family Bonds is in Zulu, with English subtitles. It is the first South African sitcom in the millennium to be recorded in front of a live studio audience.

It tells the story of a young couple, Themba and Buyi Vilakazi, who recently moved from the East Coast township of Umlazi to the suburbs of Umbilo.

They've hardly been at their new home three months before first a live-in handyman and later numerous family members and friends start pouring in.

Some visit for a few days and others for weeks, all with the aim of living the good life while looking for work, getting some fresh air, and generally just chilling out.

Buyi's grandmother comes. Themba's half brother that he has not seen for more than a decade also comes. Winnie, a distant cousin to Buyi is also here. The whole situation becomes chaotic.

As if that is not enough, the guy who stays in a backroom, who has been quiet all along, now starts to behave like a member of this family.

The Vilakazis have had enough now - but how do they get rid of all these people?

The show is directed by Nyembezi Kunene and Deon Potgieter.


Series exclusive to SABC1

Season 1 (13 episodes)

Premiere: 27 February 2007 | Finale: 22 May 2007 | Tuesdays, 20h30

Season 2 (26 episodes)

Premiere: 19 January 2009 | Finale: 13 July 2009 | Mondays, 19h00

Main Cast

(For full cast and characters, click Seasons tab at top of page)
Mandla Thabethe
Lawrencia Mthembu
Phumzile Mlangeni
Xoli Zondi
Ndumiso Dlamini
Thabo Mnguni

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