Saints and Sinners is a South African television drama series produced by Penguin Films for Mzansi Magic which puts the spotlight on the mix of crime and love and corruption and freedom that has come in the wake of the birth of democracy in South Africa, told through the eyes of two very different families from opposite sides of the tracks.
Saints and Sinners is a family drama centered on the lives of two very different families, living in the south of Johannesburg.
Inspired by a quote by Nelson Mandela ("For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others"), Saints and Sinners focuses on the new struggle faced by South Africans – an inner quest that revolves around economic freedom, issues of identity, the fall of traditional family structures and lack of cohesion within the nucleus and community at large.
The two families at the heart of Saints and Sinners represent this struggle.
One of these families is the upwardly mobile Khumalos. Headed by matriarch Mamohato and her two attractive daughters, Phindi and Boni, the Khumalo family lives in the upmarket suburb of Bassonia.
The other family is that of hard-working Lulama and Thabang Moloiswa, who live in a modest home in Diepkloof with their adored son, 12-year-old Tshepiso.
The Khumalo and Moloiswa families present two contrasting South African ideals.
Driven by a fear of poverty, the Khumalos' aspirations appear to be entirely materialistic, and they are not averse to bending the law to achieve their ends.
Meanwhile, the Moloiswas' driving force is to alleviate poverty in their community and to share their knowledge and expertise to create a better South Africa for all.
But their altruism will be sorely put to the test during the course of the series when they suffer a cruel tragedy, while the self-serving Khumalos will come to realise that material wealth does not compensate for poverty of the soul.
The first episode of Saints and Sinners sets the scene for the series when an armed robbery sets off a tragic chain of events that will tear both families apart. The characters respond to the choices in front of them; the choices that determine the arc of their own journey and those of the people that surround them.
The series tagline is: "Saints and Sinners – 1 Murder. 2 Families – Torn Apart."
Produced by Penguin Pictures, Saints and Sinners features an ensemble starring cast which includes Nthati Moshesh, Tumisho Masha, Nompilo Gwala, S'dumo Mtshali, Tshepo Maseko, Warren Masemola, Sibulele Gcilitshana, Yonda Thomas and Siyabonga Radebe.
Season 1 Cast
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Nthati Moshesh ... Mamohato Khumalo
Tumisho Masha ... Gibson Mosia
Nompilo Gwala ... Phindi Khumalo
Yonda Thomas ... Siya Malinga
Sibulele Gcilitshana ... Lulama Moloiswa
Tshepo Maseko ... Thabang Moloiswa
Siyabonga Radebe ... Phakamani Makhoba
and S'dumo Mtshali ... Ndumiso Khumalo
Recurring / Guests
Mpho Sebeng ... Nkosi Radebe
Given Stuurman ... Max Sotashe
Duke Motlanthe ... Mandla Kala
Maki Mokhitli ... Lindiwe
Palesa Ntshihlele ... Khothatso
Schelaine Bennett ... Marlene Davids (as Schelaine Bennet)
Bonga Dlamini ... Lutho
Kabomo Vilakazi ... Bob Suit
Cleopatra Simelane ... KK Cewu
Gugu Manqele ... Dineo
Mothusi Chebeletsane ... Babmusa
Merlin Balie ... Mr Jansen
Motshabi Tyelele ... Nomasonto Vilakazi
Rosalind Jacobs ... Old Lady Victim
Graeme Kriega ... Nox Mokoena
Ferry Jele ... Mrs Sotashe
Warren Masemola ... Mpho
Thuso Mbedu ... Boni Khumalo
Natasha Tahane ... Fundiswa (later as Natasha Thahane)
Tefo Magangenenele ... Tabs Langeni (later as Tefo Magangenene)
Deli Malinga ... Margaret (as Delisile Malinga)
Sizwe Zuma ... JJ
Mapula Mafole ... Busi
Zithobe Hlongwane ... Tshepiso Moloiswa
Nupi Makhobo ... Masetchaba
Mamohato Askew ... Gontse
Bongiwe Lunga ... Nomathemba Moketsi (later as Nomathemba Khoyama)
Dambuza Dube ... Dan Moketsi
Basanda Ndladla ... Moketsi Son
Batyiane Ndladla ... Moketsi Daughter
Nthando Mcube ... MUC 1
Thapelo Aphiri ... MUC 2
Mathata Mampa ... Foxy (later as Mathato Mampa)
Mbasa Msongelo ... Sabelo Malinga
Ndaba Ka Ngwane ... Sam Modise
Cebile Malaba ... Mirriam (later as Cebile Mlaba)
Foxy Riet ... Vuyiswa
Tiisetso Sefatsa ... Sihle Kala
Menzi Biyela ... Detective Mshubi
Nomalanga Nkosi ... Penelope Mosia
Nico Makabele ... Khagiso (later as Nico Mkhabele)
Eben Bester ... Detective De Jager
Calvin Koki ... Corrupt Cop
Aldain Pieters ... Ndumiso's Cellmate
Sibongile Ngele ... Funeral Director's Assistant
Belinda Parkin ... Housewife
Ziyanda Yako ... Mamohato's Cellmate/Tough Female Cellmate
Mandilakhe Yengo ... Bouncer
Dorian Burstein ... Leon Rabinowitz
Tumelo Matlatla ... Barman (later as Tumelo Matlatle)
Mandilakhe Yengo ... News Reader
Xavier Saer ... Mr Domingo
Dee Rasedile ... Andiswa Sotashe
Khosi Khoza ... Girl in Bar
Ayanda Daweti ... Bafana Sotashe
Mzi Ndongwe ... Alf
Siphiwe Singeni ... Priest
Kennedy Mukange ... School Security Guard