Streets of Mangaung - new SABC2 police series

[Submitted via press release]


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As a result of the success of police dramas on SABC2, the channel will be launching a new police series titled Streets of Mangaung. The stellar cast includes Aubrey Poo, Tshepo Maseko, Phuti Khomo, Luzuko Nteleko and Patronella Sello.

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The series premieres on Tuesday, 8 May 2012 at 21h30.

“With Streets of Mangaung we're bridging the gap between communities and the police," said Lebo Malete of SABC 2 Publicity. "We're also emphasizing that working as a policeman or woman shouldn’t be all gloom and dull. It’s a series with a lot of life lessons and truths. Keeping up with the pace of our evening slots we hope our viewers will embrace the drama, especially looking at the talent that is on offer.”

About the drama:

Streets of Mangaung is a fast-paced and emotionally rich crime investigation series that shines a light on efforts behind community policing. It focuses as much on the lives of the police as it does on the life of the station - and as much on the community as it does on their crimes. It is intended as a feel good series for the whole family despite its gritty subject matter. It will balance comedy with action and human drama.

Brief character descriptions:

BOITUMELO “TUMI” MOFOKENG Colonel: played by Patronella Sello

Colonel Tumi Mofokeng is a single mother of two and the new Commander of Mangaung Police Station. At the station, Tumi leads by example and has an acute understanding of people and human nature.

At home, her weaknesses include a deep-rooted guilt about being a largely absent mother to her son and daughter, which means that she often turns a blind eye to their faults.

SELLO KUMEKE, Lieutenant Colonel: played by Aubrey Poo

Tumi’s main adversary at Mangaung Police Station is Lieutenant Colonel Sello Kumeke. He’s Commander of the Station’s Crime Prevention Unit, in charge of the fight against crime on the street.

Sello is a lonely, cynical and tough professional who gave up two discontented wives and children for his career.

DINEO MOLOBI, Student Constable: played by Phuti Khomo

Student Constable Dineo Molobi has just finished her six months training course at the SAPS College in Pretoria and her first posting ever is to the Mangaung Police Station.

The tragic death of her family, due to a house break in, is her biggest drive. Now, Dineo finally has the opportunity to live her dream as a ‘real’ cop fighting for justice against crime, violence and evil.

LEBOGANG CHUENE, Student Constable: played by Luzuko Nteleko

Student Constable Lebogang Chuene didn’t want to become a cop, but he had no choice. He dropped out of varsity and his father (A polokwane policeman) insisted that he goes to the police force.

Lebo can’t believe how meagre a policeman’s pay is- never having airtime, never being able to splash out on a new pair of sneakers. He dreams of being rich; an Achilles heel for someone who finds himself in a career in the police service.

RAPULANE “RAPS” MODISANE, Senior Constable: played by Tshepo Maseko

Senior Constable Raps Modisane was born and bred in the squatter camp near Mangaung. There was only one way for him to get out of poverty and out of his neglecting mom and ill-tempered step-dad’s house and that was to get a job.

He worked as a taxi driver for a year and during that time, befriended one of his customers, a policeman called Sello Kumeke. It was Sello who persuaded Raps to consider a career in the police.

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