Zabalaza's replacement: bare-knuckle boxing telenovela

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Mzansi Magic on 07 Apr 2016
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So... the final details of Zabalaza's replacement have been confirmed.

The action starts on the dusty streets of Limpopo on Monday, 2 May and what follows is a telenovela about a bare-knuckle boxing champ who leaves Limpopo in search of the bigtime in Joziburg.

The series, which was originally titled The Contender, has been renamed Ring of Lies and stars Mpho Sebeng (Z'bondiwe, Zero Tolerance) as Neo, a boxing champion who gets scouted by well-known manager, Mandla (played by Masoja Msiza).

Neo's parents are disapproving of his dream to become a boxer so he runs away during the night to follow his dream in Joziburg. Here he meets and falls in love with Mandla’s daughter Sli (Dineo Nchabeleng), and then he encounters someone who will impact on him deeply: a formidable boxing opponent Kabelo, played by Zabalaza's Bohang Moeko.

While facing this, it is revealed that Neo’s mother, Naledi (Florence Masebe) has a dark history with Mandla, and there’s more to Mandla’s intentions than what appears on the surface. All of this catapults Neo into a world of secrets, betrayals and lies.

According to Executive Producer Roberta Durrant of Penguin Films: "The story is one of triumph over adversity, and these are good stories to tell. As mothers we often carry secrets and fear telling the truth, in order to protect our children, but eventually truth will out, and often, by not being honest we do more harm to the children we are trying to protect.”

Neo and Kabelo are the two main characters and are supported by a cast that includes other Zabalaza stars, namely Baby Cele and Tessa Twala.

Baby plays Mandla's wife Ruth and Tessa plays the young temptress Gugu. Also in the cast: Slindile Nodangala (Generations' Mam' Ruby Dikobe) as Thando, who has secrets her own.

It will air Mondays to Thursdays, in Zabalaza's timeslot at 21h00.

Shows in this post: Zabalaza (2013)

Channels in this post: Mzansi Magic


07 Apr 2016 17:01

can't keep with mzansi magic

07 Apr 2016 17:57

not to be mean bt i see this telenovela failing like the road..and zabalaza had a potential storyline bt dnt know why people were not watching it like when it started..and time slot is got 2much competition with sabc amazing local stories

08 Apr 2016 06:42

Muvhango has a stronghold on that 9pm time-slot plus Etv's amazing dramas .so the competition is tough .I will catch the omnibus on sundays like I did with zabalaza

Zingaphy Zeeeeee
08 Apr 2016 06:59

Wit u Max will watch omnibus onli wen I got tym....Guys are u enjoiyng grred n desire??

08 Apr 2016 09:43


isn it tht Old Angela  Mogale from Generations???????

08 Apr 2016 11:20

Yes it is Angela @ qaqamba. 
I can't keep up either @ spongy. 
Umntu will need to upgrade to the Explora at this rate, all the new shows sound interesting and there is no time to watch them all.

08 Apr 2016 11:34

I enjoyed Mpho Sebeng's acting skills on Saints & sinners (as I never watched Zero tolerance) he's the reason I will watch..... Please writers don't dissappoint & kill the new, fresh talent.

08 Apr 2016 13:39

I think so Timone sana,, and dstv its soo boring weekends yoo,

08 Apr 2016 14:17

@qq I'm with you, the whole TV is soooooooo booooring weekends especially Saturdays.

Ms Opinionated
08 Apr 2016 15:39

dstv iyabhora flooding the week with so many shows while leaving the weekend dry AF, they need to move some stories to weekend primetime, we dont mind boring tv during the day.

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