Season 1 saw two notorious rival gangs – The Vutha Boys and The Mambas - rule the township. The two lovers, Ntando (Anga Makubalo) and Roxanne (Zola Nombona), went through obstacles that thoroughly tested their commitment to each other.
The Vutha Boys gang leader Killer (Mbulelo Grootboom) was obsessed with Roxanne and did whatever it took to keep her by his side, including holding her hostage and marrying her. Ntando had to put his dreams of being a lawyer on hold and join the rival gang, the Mambas, in order to save his girlfriend from Killer.
There was high drama, shoot outs and spilt blood as the two gangs went head to head.
Season 2 returns with more thrills and complexities. Secretes, betrayal and backstabbers will be exposed as everyone is not as loyal as they seem. This season Ntando and Roxanne try their best to rekindle their relationship.
Killer's right hand man Jakes (Israel Makoe) tries to change his misfortunes as he makes a confession about his past. We will also meet Killer's traditional wife Nomonde (Tango Ncetezo), whom Killer has kept a secret. Nomonde knows more than she should.
The drama is shot in different locations such as Soweto, Nancefield and Linden.
Adding on to Season 1's cast are Tango Ncetezo as Nomonde, Killer's traditional wife; Charmaine Mtinta as Thembi, Nomonde's older sister; and Thabang Matlala as Andile, a street boy who is recruited by the Vutha Boys.
Z'bondiwe was created and produced by Paw Paw Films and directed by Mandilakhe Yengo and Greg Heimann. In Season 2 the head storyliner was Margaret Goldsmid, with storyliners Peter Goldsmid, Tristram Atkins, Thea Small and Kelly Powell; and writers Bongi Ndaba and Shirley Johnston. The executive producer for e.tv in Season 2 was Ndabenhle Buthelezi.
Anga Makubalo plays Ntando Mabatha
Ntando Mabatha 25, articulate, well educated, farm boy. He is hard working and very intelligent. When we meet Ntando his life seems charmed. He intends to marry the love of his life, Roxanne and he is embarking on his career as a lawyer.
Their lives seem golden until Roxanne is kidnapped and Ntando finds himself having to fight to rescue Roxanne in the dangerous township of Soweto.
Zola Nombona plays Rozanne Nozulu
Mafungwashe 'Roxanne' Nozulu, 23, is an intelligent, beautiful woman who made a mistake as a teenager that has come back to haunt her. She has been in hiding for the last five years and has even resorted to renaming herself 'Roxanne'. She has to deal with her past in order to move on with her life with Ntando.
Mbulelo Grootboom plays Killer Nxasana
Ntlonipho 'Killer' Nxasana, 33, violent, merciless, Jekyll and Hyde character. Killer Nxasana is finally ruling Soweto and his ambitious plans will enrich him and make him an evil force to contend with, however, the one thing he wants, he cannot have – Roxanne.
When he hears that she is back in town he decides to take what is his.
Bongani Maseko plays Axe Ngcobo
Mbazo 'Axe' Ngcobo, 27, is the impulsive leader of The Mambas gang. The Mambas used to be stronger and more powerful than the Vutha Boys but since Killer Nxasana became their leader, the Mambas started losing business fast.
Their biggest blow came when Killer started his garbage collection business giving them greater access to untouched areas and tripling their profits. Since then Axe has been plotting his revenge against Killer.
Axe wants The Mambas to rule Soweto again and eliminate his competition – Killer Nxasana.
Eve Rasimeni plays Dikeledi
Dikeledi 'Dikki' Bakopa, 18, is a hard, unflinching woman who has had to fight her way through life to survive it. She falls in love with Axe Ngcobo and is fiercely devoted to him.
Dikki is a lioness, a true hunter, unafraid and brutal. She shares Axe's philosophy of violence and enforces it easily when needed.
Mpho Sebeng plays Lebo
Lebo Ngcobo, 17, a troubled, dark young man whose horrific actions leads to his death.Lebo is the younger brother of Axe and Jackson's youngest son. Axe has been parenting Lebo since his father left for KZN.
Axe is not the best role model and has never had firm hand on Lebo who is getting into trouble with the law when we meet him (something Ntando uses to get into Axe's good books. He helps get Lebo out of a juvenile centre and into a rehabilitation programme).
Israel Makoe plays Jakes
Jakes Masilo (30) is Killer's right hand man. He is cold, ruthless and dangerous. Killer relies on him heavily and Jakes is the ultimate professional, always following his boss' orders.
Jakes is in charge of the 'dealers', who are the guys who sell drugs via their legitimate garbage collection service. He recruits and organises them, making sure they don't get hooked on the drugs and that they bring in the entire sum of monies owed. If they dare cross him, they pay with their limbs or their lives.
He is also in charge of the group of three thugs that terrorise the shop keepers so that Killer can then extract protection money to protect the shopkeepers from these thugs.
ADDED IN SEASON 2
Tango Ncetezo plays Nomonde
Nomonde is traditionally married to Killer. She goes from a rural woman with very little power to a woman co-running a crime syndicate. She is obsessed with getting rid of Roxanne, as she blames Roxanne for the fact that Killer abandoned his family.
Thabang Matlala plays Andile
Andile is a 17-year-old boy who resides in a rural village. He used to live at the orphanage where his 14-year-old brother stays. The orphanage is managed by Killer's traditional wife Nomonde, but he grew tired of their rules and ran away, making his own way by petty theft. He eventually gets offered a lot of money for a crime that goes wrong.
Charmaine Mtinta plays Thembi
Thembi is Nomonde's older sister and has always been the voice of reason. She watched with concern as her sister became attracted to the "bad boys" and ended up marrying into the notorious gang, the Vutha Boys. Thembi went through her own period of hardship when her husband beat her and eventually abandoned her. She desperately desired to have children of her own, but had several miscarriages. Her struggle birthed in her a desire to run an orphanage and look after children who need love and affection.
Season 2 Cast
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Anga Makubalo ... Ntando Mabatha
Zola Nombona ... Roxanne Nozulu
Mbulelo Grootboom ... Killer Nxasana
Israel Makoe ... Jakes Masilo
Matshepo Sekgopi ... Esihle (promoted to regular)
Eve Rasimeni ... Dikeledi Bakopa
Tango Ncetezo ... Nomonde
Recurring / Guests
Siyabonga Shibe ... Detective Shabangu
Charmaine Mtinta ... Thembi
Bongani Maseko ... Axe Ngcobo
Nhlanhla John Lata ... Doctor Nkomose (as John Lata)
Peter Mashigo ... Jackson (as Peter Mashingo)
Danie Putter ... Hennie Verster
Kamogelo Bareki ... Fingers (as Bradley Bareki)
Dumisani M. Ngubane ... Dakskroef
Kabelo Moalusi ... Lunga
Paul Maila ... Morgue Driver
Tebogo Modisane ... Homeless Man
Thami Ngoma ... Nomaceba
Malebo Rakgokgo ... Judith
Nthabi Tau ... Ntswaki
Phillimon Tjale ... Maps (also credited as Philimon Tjale)
Siphiwe Radebe ... Simphiwe
Portia Nhlapo ... Monica
Amogelang Matlholwa ... Rejoice (as Amogelang Mathlaolwa)
Thapelo Atseri ... Police Photographer
Andile Magxaki ... Makhado
Mbasa Msongelo ... Paseka
Patrick Bokaba ... Pastor Mohao
Mzi Nongwe ... Jabu
Duke Motlanthe ... Constable Dimba
Thabang Matlala ... Andile (as Thabang Matlali)
Sibulele Gcilitshana ... Glory
Mpho Osei-Tutu ... Wandile
Bangilizwe Yelane ... Constable Gwala
Mthura Reshane ... Young Drug Dealer
Lehlohonolo Makoko ... Drunk
Namhla Ndlovu ... Mbali Dube
Fanele Ntuli ... Radio Host
Archie Nhlapo ... Lwazi
Sibusiso Maseko ... Sakhile
Zithobe Hlongwane ... Max
Mandisa Gama ... Amu
Lusanda Mbane ... Sis Puleng
Thembalethu Mchunu ... Banda
Tefo Magengenene ... Small Time Dealer
Arthur Zitha ... Zenzo
JP du Plessis ... Doctor