The Throne

Genres: Telenovela
Broadcast on: Mzansi Magic, Mzansi Wethu



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Season 1

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
Mzansi Magic 30 Jul 2018 24 Oct 2019 Monday-Thursday, 19h00 260
Mzansi Wethu 30 Mar 2020 24 Jun 2021 Monday-Thursday, 20h30 260

Season 1

The Throne is a South African telenovela created by Ferguson Films and set in a fictitious BaTswana kingdom which revolves around a royal family in turmoil after the discovery of mineral deposits on their land.

Kweneng - a modest kingdom in the North West Province's Magaliesburg region that runs smoothly without major conflict, contestation or resentment - is thrown into a cocktail of treachery, deceit and turmoil when the minerals are discovered, and the reigning monarch's legitimacy is questioned.

Each member of the royal family embarks on a desperate quest to serve their own interest: be it ascending into the coveted seat or the pursuit of freedom – avoiding customary obligation and anxiety.

At the centre of the plot lies Queen Mosadi Kwena, the current ruler and matriarch, who is tasked with finding an heir to the throne between her daughters, Kefilwe and Mosetsana.

Alongside her daughters is the Queen's brother Moseki, who also has a claim to power and weaves a plot to override the rightful protocols.

Also in the mix is the wise communal sage, Sephiri, who is the custodian of cultural history, boundlessly loyal to the throne, and the only person who knows who the true successor will be.

The kingdom traces its lineage back many years, to a momentous event that occurred over five generations ago when a great Tswana king who ruled over a fertile valley uncovered a cruel betrayal by his only son.

As punishment, he decided to hand over the reins of his kingdom to his beloved eldest daughter, who would become the first in a long line of queens.

His furious son took some of the community with him and founded a rival monarchy – the Morule Kingdom – that many years later still disputes Queen Mosadi's rightful claim to the throne.

Queen Mosadi is a just and brilliant ruler. She was the first in her lineage to receive a university education, and she has put her schooling to great use.

She founded a tea company in the fertile valley of Kweneng. Kwena Tea is sold both locally and internationally, and is known to treat a multitude of ailments. It is a herbal infusion that her great aunt introduced to her as a teenager, made from traditional herbs.

Queen Mosadi realised the tea had the potential to create great wealth for her community. The wealth has been invested in roads, in infrastructure, and in education.

She rules over a peaceful kingdom, and her subjects love and adore her. But trouble is brewing in the kingdom of Kweneng...

Main Cast

Queen Mosadi
played by Monnye Kunupi

Queen Mosadi is a wise and fair leader who transformed her kingdom from relative obscurity to a progressive, industrious community.

played by Lerato Zah Moloi

The ambitious older Kwena sister.

played by Tshegofatso Seakgoe

The younger Kwena sister Mosetsana seeks a life of independence and self-fulfilment.

played by Tsholo Matshaba

Odirile is the queen's discontented younger sister.

played by Kabelo Moalusi

The queen's only son and her middle child.

played by Don Mlangeni Nawa

Royal family member and younger brother of the queen.

played by Keke Mphuti

Moseki's daughter and the queen's niece.

played by Jerry Phele

The village joker, who has more knowledge than first meets the eye.

played by Seipati Motshwane

Sephiri is the guardian of Kweneng culture, who knows who the rightful heir to the throne is - but keeps tight-lipped for the security of the kingdom.

The Throne is an M-Net Original Production created and produced by Ferguson Films for Mzansi Magic with executive producers Connie Ferguson and Shona Ferguson. Lauren Nell is the producer.

The head writers are Gwydion Beynon and Phathutshedzo Makwarela and the first episode was directed by Sibusiso Phakathi. The title theme and score was written by Brendan Jury.

Season 1 Cast

(scroll to bottom for available actor bios)


Monnye Kunupi		...	Queen Mosadi Kwena
Don Mlangeni Nawa	...	Prince Moseki Kwena
Kagiso Modupe		...	Prince Otsile Kwena
Kabelo Moalusi		...	Prince Tumelo Kwena
Lerato Zah Moloi	...	Princess Kefilwe Kwena (as Lerato Zah)
Seipati Motshwane	...	Aunt Sephiri
Tsholofelo Matshaba	...	Princess Odirile Kwena (as Tsholo Matshaba)
Keke Mphuthi		...	Princess Dipuo Kwena
Tshegofatso Seakgoe	...	Princess Mosetsana Kwena
with Boikie Pholo	...	Tshireletso Lerole (as Moditle Pholo)
and Jerry Phele		...	Uncle Maswabi Kwena

Recurring / Guests

Doctor Khasu-Nkatlo	...	Matshidiso
Kamo Letsosa		...	Lesedi
Macks Papo		...	Boipelo
Nkululeko Manciya	...	Gunman / Hitman
Tshepo Matee		...	Royal Doctor
Jerry Molalatladi	...	Engineer 1
Bafana Mmose		...	Praise Singer
George Mnguni		...	Bheki
Louisa Britz		...	Female Villager
Refentse Tamane		...	Isaiah / Royal Messenger / Herdboy 1
Zakhele Msimango	...	Themba (as Zakhele Zakes Msimango)
Lillian Leqela		...	Police Woman
Thato Tsepo		...	Palace Helper
Mbulelo Vilakazi	...	Detective Puso
Bongani Vilakazi	...	Detective Puso's Partner
Mothusi Sengwatse	...	Moreri
Pascaline Phale		...	Mme Naledi
Mpho Sebeng		...	Goitseone
Aluysia Hlela		...	Villager 1
Nombulelo Noda		...	Villager 2
Portia Zondi		...	Old Woman
Sabrina Aliita		...	Worker 1
Yusuf Lekouane		...	Palace Guard 1 / Security Guard / Head Guard
Gift Letoane		...	Palace Guard 2
Mampetla Mametja	...	Worker 2
Sakhumzi Mbatha		...	Thug 1
Sammy Mdlalose		...	Paramedic
Wynand van Zyl		...	Super-8 CEO
Sizwe Zuma		...	Policeman (as Sizwe Fortune Zuma)
Jan Makawane		...	Delegation Leader / Coal Executive
Claudia Phantshi	...	Doctor
Grace Mavuso		...	Very Old Woman
Sonto Ndima		...	Journalist
Mokhatla Lefa Justice	...	Thug
Tumi Maretele		...	Grace
Hennie Ludick		...	Super-8 CFO
Tsholofelo Wechoemang	...	Nthatile
Wynand van Zyl		...	Super-8 CEO
Peter Moruakgomo	...	Detective Puso / Detective Kole
Didintle Khunou		...	Mapula
Lebogang Kgopane	...	Tavern Owner
Christian de Jager	...	Forensic Officer 1
Lentswe Letoane		...	Nare
Peter Mashigo		...	Lazarus
David Baillie		...	Polygrapher
Keitu Kasonkola		...	Ncebakazi (as Keitumetse Kasonkola)
Thando Sibiya		...	Thug
Hennie de Necker	...	Jaco (as Hennie Denecker)
Thembi Sekhaolelo	...	Roxy
Lennox Mathabathe	...	Traditional Doctor
Jerry Mwahla		...	Priest
Sibabalwe Mrwebi	...	Slay Queen 1
Samkeliso Biyela	...	Slay Queen 2
Patrick Bokaba		...	Seun
Lucky Nash Makgobane	...	Taxi Driver
Tumi Moswa		...	Ofentse
Mantoa Tsoeneamakoa	...	Customer / Village Woman 1
Tlotlo Moleko		...	Kgosikgolo / Paramount Chief
Shadi Chauke		...	Surgeon
Nkateko Mathebula	...	Executive 1 (as Nkateko Bush Mathebula)
Mzwandile Mabunda	...	Stylist
Elvis Kekana		...	Man 1
Barbara Letlole		...	Woman 1
Nomvula Rapati		...	Village Woman
Themba Nofemele		...	Romeo
Catherine Mokoele	...	Villager 2
Martha Mannatlala	...	Old Lady
Constance Sechoaro	...	Villager 1
Laisi Michael Dikhethe	...	Council Member / Uncle 1
Thembi Fakude		...	Council Member / Aunt 1
Gugu Mazibuko		...	Villager
Thulani Msiza		...	Builder
Nomawonga Khumalo	...	Traditional Healer
Sibusiso Mchunu		...	Driver
Sydney Mpungose		...	Doctor 2 (as Sydney Sibusiso Mpungose)
Lebohang Lepote		...	Uncle 2
Tlotlo Mooketsi		...	King Kgosikgolo / Paramount King
Thabang Mlangeni	...	Chief 1
Olebogeng Mosikwa	...	Old Man
Molefi Monaisa		...	Royal Healer
Mfundo Mvinjwa		...	Mophato Leader
Godfrey Khawuleza	...	Man 1
Bonginkosi Herbert	...	Piet (as Bonkosi Herbet)
Koketso Mophuting	...	Sethunya
Joseph Sibanda		...	Villager 1
Thokozani Cekiso	...	Villager 2
Julia Nokufa Nyembe	...	Fake Granny
Zolisa Xaluva		...	Sello
Shannon Esra		...	Sandra Stein
Matli Mohapeloa		...	Morule Lawyer
Sello Sebotsane		...	Judge
Joe Malele		...	Court Orderly
Benji Kgaratsi		...	Morula Clan / Morule Man / Morula Uncle
Katlego Ngwenya		...	Reporter 1
Athenkosi Nzanzeka	...	Reporter 2
Aletta Vilakazi		...	Villager 2
Veronica Molapo		...	Sewelo
Happy Sechoaro		...	Wise Man 1 (as Happy Sechaoro)
Mordecai Ngwenya	...	Wise Man 2 (as Mordicai Ngwenya)
Billy Morema		...	Officer of the Court
Ayanda Ncubo		...	Villager
Bless Nthangeni		...	Excavator
Kingsley Raseela	...	Security Guard
Mpho Seleke		...	Villager
Katlego Ntshanana	...	Young Man 1
Lesego Kengadile	...	Young Man 2
Rudzani Phetoe		...	Nurse
Yolanda Khaol		...	Village Woman / Villager 2
Marcus Mabusela		...	Sizwe
Freddy Jacquie		...	Court Orderly
Mbuso Shezi		...	Forensic Expert
Nozipho Chilione	...	Woman
Pontsho Kgaje		...	Mapula's Friend
Benedictor Mafunzwaini	...	Village Guy (as Benedictor Mafunzwani)
Ursula Botha		...	Journalist
Thembinkosi Sithole	...	Villager
Maria Segaetsho		...	Woman 5
Trevor Ramothokang	...	Morule Guard 1
Tshepo Masuku		...	Morule Guard 2
Nkosinathi Mondlane	...	Police Officer
Tumelo Mosenye		...	Cattle Buyer
Jade Fortune		...	Voice Machine (voice)
Tumelo Madubung		...	Village Boy
Kelebogile Ramagogodi	...	Praise Singer
Lucky Temo		...	Herdboy 2
Innocent Dlamini	...	Diver 1
Kgaugelo Khoza		...	Herdboy
Mduduzi Maseko		...	Villager 1
Mandla Dube		...	Car Thief
Gomotsegang Mogashoa	...	Neighbour
Thabo Mosene		...	Private Investigator
Dimpho Mgiba		...	Kid 1
Thanyani Ntelane	...	Kid 2
Boitumelo Ramosime	...	Old Woman
Tema Sebopedi		...	Tshego
Elizabeth Rankoane	...	Woman
Alphina Sello		...	Villager
Linda Mthiyani		...	Old Man
Brighton Ngomane	...	Villager
Kgakgamatso Nkomo	...	Young Blind Woman
Elleck Sambo		...	Businessman
Thuso Mponeng		...	Paramedic
Rochelle Rarane		...	Nurse
Lekoane Phasumane	...	Herbalist
Tshepiso Letageng	...	Man 1
Norah Mmusi		...	Barren Woman
Tebby Gcingca		...	Journalist 1
Omar Griffiths		...	Dodgy Man
Benedictor Mafunzwaini	...	Villager 1
Geoffrey Matentji	...	Land Owner
Medupe Molcawane	...	Villager 9
Joseph Mampheko		...	Villager 10
Nobert Nherera		...	Villager 12
Ramotsobane Matlala	...	Villager
Elizabeth Sello		...	Villager 1
Japan Mthembu		...	Rich Donor
David Gwala		...	Armed Thug

Season 1 Cast

Queen Mosadi Kwena

Prince Moseki Kwena

Prince Otsile Kwena

Prince Tumelo Kwena

Princess Kefilwe Kwena (as Lerato Zah)

Aunt Sephiri

Princess Odirile Kwena (as Tsholo Matshaba)

Princess Dipuo Kwena

Princess Mosetsana Kwena

Tshireletso Lerole (as Moditle Pholo)

Uncle Maswabi Kwena

Matshidiso (as Doctor Khasu)



Mme Naledi




Ncebakazi (as Keitumetse Kasonkola)



Royal Healer



Sandra Stein

Morule Lawyer




Rich Donor




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