90 Plein Street promises large dosages of drama, intrigue and exhilaration when Season 4 of the series returns for 26 weeks. Named after the address of South Africa's House of Parliament in Cape Town, the series has followed the personal and political intrigues around Dineo Nkgatho, an ANC MP trying to balance her private life, the demands of a broken family and her party loyalty.
This series traces the turbulent fortunes of President Dineo (Thembi Mtshali-Jones), MP Nathan Jantjies (Terence Bridgett) and community organiser Lerato Maduna (Precious Makgaretsa).
In this fourth season, Dineo – now President of South Africa – faces a rebellion from within the ranks of her party. Meanwhile, a charismatic new player, the fiercely idealistic Khayelitsha community organiser Lerato Maduna, is coming to the fore.
Nathan Jantjies plans to manoeuvre Lerato into winning the Western Cape for the President. In the brutal game of high-stakes power politics that follows, will Lerato be able to hold on to her high ideals?
President Dineo has pinned her reputation on the success of the NDP which must pass the scrutiny and gain the endorsement of the next party conference. If the proposed NDP fails, she fails and her leadership becomes an issue.
The NDP is met with controversy and criticism. The president must fire a minister as a disciplinary measure which triggers a rebellion against the president.
Unlikely help comes from a relatively new MP Nathan Jantjies, with deep roots in the Cape Flats. He promises he can hold the line for the President in the province with ulterior hopes that by doing this he will earn acknowledgement in the form of a seat on the cabinet.
His promise is met with scepticism from the president so he sets out to wrest a ward in Khayelitsha. He encourages a young woman, Lerato Maduna - well known in the township as a community organiser but with sceptical traditional politics, to stand - and she wins the nomination contest.
Lerato is an idealist; she believes that a firm commitment to the welfare of the people is all that's required of a good political leader. What she doesn't realise is that by unwittingly serving the interests of Nathan, her patron and mentor - and ultimately President Dineo - politics are interconnected.
90 Plein Street is not without the drama of love and heartache; politicians and activists are also human.
Season 4 is produced by Born Free Media for SABC Education. The head writer was Richard Beynon with other writers including Tymon Smith, Colin Olifant, Zeli Zulu and Thuso Sibisi. The season was directed by Roy Zetisky, Jahmil Qubeke and Khalo Matabane and produced by Carolyn Carew, Khalo Matabane and Tsholo Mashile.
After the first season James Ngcobo left the show and was replaced in the role of Zweli Motaung by Mpho Joseph Molepo for the second season.
Other Season 1 regulars not to reprise their roles in Season 2 included Dale Abrahams, Dorothy Ann Gould and Mac Manaka.
Returning cast members included Warona Seane, Dan Robbertse, Nadine Naidoo, Neo Ntlatleng and Connie Mfuku.
New main cast members for Season 2 included Mmabatho Montsho, Lindani Nkosi and Japan Mthembu.
Leads returning to Season 3 included Connie Mfuku, Florence Mokgatsi, Neo Ntlatleng, Nadine Naidoo and Lindani Nkosi. New leads, among others included Vatiswa Ndara, Mothusi Magano, Sello Sebotsane and Atandwa Kani.
The show was completely recast for Season 4, with Thembi Mtshali-Jones taking over the lead role of Dineo, now the President of the country. Other Season 4 leads include Terence Bridgett as manipulative backbencher Nathan Jantjies, Tshamano Sebe as Dineo's trusted advisor John Gumede and Precious Makgaretsa as community organiser Lerato Maduna.
Season 4 Cast
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Precious Makgaretsa ... Lerato Maduna
Terence Bridgett ... Nathan Jantjies
Thembi Mtshali-Jones ... President Dineo Nkgatho (as Thembi Mtshali)
Tshamano Sebe ... John Gumede
Tina Jaxa ... Mrs Maduna
Anele Matoti ... Dan Femi
Masello Motana ... Patience
Malefane Mosuhli ... Moeletsi Debeza
Adri van der Hoven ... Annette Jantjies
Kim Syster ... Nikki
Petronella Tshuma ... Ayanda
Recurring / Guests
Unathi Rasmeni ... Collins Maduna
Shaun Gabriël Smith ... Sharkey Maduna
Mlamli Mangcala ... German Jale
Vuyisile Pandle ... David Dlomo - Deputy President (as Vuyisile Phandle)
Wiseman Sithole ... George Mamba
Morne Visser ... Mr Erasmus
Sylvia Nomhle Mngxekeza ... Ma Rose (as Sylvia Nomhle Mngekeza)
Chris Gxalaba ... Community Member #1
Zuko Vanyaza ... ANC Committee Member
Kim Cloete ... Charmaine
Celeste Matthews ... Mrs October
Othello Tyulu ... Thabilo (as Othelo Tyulu)
Etumeleng Mokoatle ... Sbongile (as Etumelleng Mokoatile)
Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi ... JC Nkosi
Khanya Kerwath ... Thuli (as Khaya Kerwath)
Bantu Plam ... Sticky Fingers
David Fortune ... Treasure General - William Mshobe
Nkumbulo Magqabi ... Biology Teacher
Nceba Mpiliswana ... Troublemaker
Cornelius Bekker ... DA MP
Sylvia Mgwayi ... Gogo
Gerhardus Boonzaaier ... Parliamentarian (White)
Sibongile Mlambo ... Gugu
Nombasa Msuthu ... Nurse
Murabuloo Mohabi ... President Assistant
Neo ... Kid
Lauren Steyn ... Mediator
Louise de Nysschen ... Nathan's Secretary
Richard Weden ... DA Worker #1
Liaan Ferreira ... DA Worker #2
Xolela Lethaba ... Hector Langa
Kwezi Kobus ... Community Chairman
Sandile Ntobela ... DA Audience Member
Andile Jumbo Nkosi ... Resident
Mandisi Slindo ... Resident
Richard Wedon ... DA Worker #1
Liaan Ferreira ... DA Worker #1
Ntombe Khaya Mtayisi ... Community Member #2
Andile Nebulane ... Vukile Mazibuko
Patrick Lavisa ... Rural Man
Sibongile Sidloyi ... Head Man
Maruwan Gasant ... DA Committee Member
Desmond Ngogo ... NLA Tshepo
Harrison Makubala ... Placard Maker
Vukile Zuma ... Andries
Patrick Madise ... Military Intelligence
Marubuloo Mohapi ... President's Assistant
Season 4 premiered on SABC2 on Tuesday 7 January 2014, at 21h30. It went on hiatus after Episode 13 (which aired on 1 April 2014) and resumed with Episode 14 on Wednesday 5 November 2014, at 21h30.