Dumisani Mbebe stars as Kudufana Dukashe.
The SABC did it to Diamond City
in 2019 and now more first run local shows have suffered at the hands of the SABC's amateur and disrespectful bungling of our national TV channels.
An EPIC fail was heaped on viewers on Sunday night (24 October) when SABC1, 2 and 3 went blank for over an hour.
Reality sing-off Stand Up South Africa
was impacted on SABC2 and it killed the Hush Money
finale on SABC1, which should have aired at 19h30, but the only thing viewers saw was a black screen with a pathetic dot that kept changing colour and moving. The sound was worse, a throttling high pitched beep.
SABC1 is in such desperate need of successful, original series so this kind of reckless, insulting treatment of something new is a travesty.
Hush Money is a six part miniseries and it's done well for the channel, attracting a viewership of 2,544,931 viewers for its most popular episode in September
, with a 25% audience share.
This means that 25% of people who were watching TV at the time were tuned in.
A similar number of people must have been impacted by what happened on Sunday night, if
they had electricity of course and weren't forced to watch a candle instead.
Ultimately over two million viewers must have been impacted, which is also a big deal for everyone involved with the show and its advertisers.
This from the series co-creator Siphosethu Tshapu who posted this as it happened:
We've asked the SABC if the finale will air next week and will let you know once we hear.
On a side note, and also undermining of its own content: The SABC1 schedule on the DStv EPG has had African Dreams listed in the Hush Money timelot for the past two weeks but African Dreams only starts once Hush Money ends.