Hush Money is a South African drama miniseries which revolves around the cover-up of the death of a young medical student after she is killed by a drunken driver with powerful friends.
The series deals with the subject of inequality and the use of power, seen playing out between the rich and powerful Dukashe family and the impoverished Buthelezis.
Nandi Buthelezi has a promising future as a medical doctor but her life is cut short when she is killed in a hit and run accident by a drunken driver, law graduate Mayihlome Dukashe.
To save him from a heavy prison sentence, his influential father - Judge Kadefuna Dukashe - bribes Nandi's poor family to turn a blind eye.
The series stars Dumisani Mbebe as Judge Kadefuna Dukashe, Vuyelwa Booi as Grace Dukashe, Mpho Sebeng as Mayihlome Dukashe, Thulani Mtsweni as Malusi Buthelezi, Mbali Maphumulo as Cebile Buthelezi, Mandisa Vilakazi as Nandipha Buthelezi, Kea Leburu as Sindiswa Nxumalo and Thandeka Nodada as Detective Zikhona.
In the series premiere: Mayihlome Dukashe and Nandi Buthelezi graduate and their families celebrate their wins in different ways.
Later that night Mayihlome throws a party, inviting all of his friends. Sindi, Nandi's best friend, invites Nandi as her plus one.
At the party, Mayihlome and Sindi get drunk, resulting in a hit and run accident that claims Nandi's life.
Hush Money was created by Siphosethu Tshapu and Kagiso Mogale. The executive producers are McMillan Masoka, Siphosethu Tshapu, Nelisiwe Mwase and Thandeka Nodada.
The head writers are Siphosethu Tshapu and Kagiso Mogale, with a writing team including Sibusiso Kumalo, Fulufhelo Mbuna, Nombulelo Mcwerah and Julian Koboekae.
The series director is Thabizolo. Music is by Nu Azania X.
Season 1 Cast
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Dumisani Mbebe ... Judge Kadefuna Dukashe
Vuyelwa Booi ... Grace Dukashe
Mpho Sebeng ... Mayihlome Dukashe
Thulani Mtsweni ... Malusi Buthelezi
Mbali Maphumulo ... Cebile Buthelezi
Mandisa Vilakazi ... Nandipha Buthelezi
Kea Leburu ... Sindiswa Nxumalo
Thandeka Nodada ... Detective Zikhona
Recurring / Guests
Bujy Bikwa ... MC
Nelisiwe Mwase ... Thenjiwe
Siphosethu Tshapu ... Journalist
Babalwa Nodada ... Dorcas
Busani Mbili ... Mashonisa
McMillan Masoka ... Hobo
Sibusiso Ntuli ... Uber Driver
Zolisa Malimba ... Man 1
Njabulo Ntebele ... Man 2
Jackie Modiba ... Police Officer
Nathi Mankayi ... Singer