Dawn Thandeka King, Nozuko Ncayiyane and Mduduzi Mabaso lead a cast of stars in DiepCity, a new Mzansi telenovela about crime, faded dreams and redemption

DiepCity produced by the award-winning creator and director of popular drama Lockdown, Mandla N of Black Brain Productions is a fresh new telenovela that explores the struggle of four young women trying to make their way in the world.  The show focuses on disillusioned – young women who were forced into crime while in high school, just to make ends meet.

Renowned actress Dawn Thandeka King, Nozuko Ncayiyane and actor Mduduzi Mabaso are among a list of stars that will feature on DiepCity, a new crime thriller that will premiere on Mzansi Magic in April.

The world comes crumbling down for small-time house burglar Nox played by Nozuko Ncayiyane after her bright straight A student younger brother Sibusiso played by Tshiamo Molobi is fatally shot during a house robbery he was not supposed to be part of in the leafy suburbs of Johannesburg, which was set up by a rogue security guard and low-level gangster Elliot played by Mduduzi Mabaso.

After doing time behind bars following her arrest, Nox returns to find her family, who still leaves in a shack after her alcoholic father Bonga [Hamilton Dlamini] lost his job, while her mother Thandiwe, played by Dawn Thandeka King who has not forgiven her for Sibusiso’s death, continues to work as a domestic worker.

“As part of our new show offering for April, DiepCity is a tale that does not only have an explosive, gripping storyline, but one that exposes the lived realities of most South Africans – the life of crime and poverty. The show also goes beyond the act of crime itself but delves into what motivates or compels desperate people to do what they do. This telenovela promises to be a very popular debutant in primetime slot and we are very excited about this,” says Nomsa Philiso, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

“The secret recipe behind great storytelling is a mix of several ingredients – a relatable storyline, great casting and a passion for filmmaking. We expect viewers to be blown away by Nox’s story, which is one of poverty, heartbreak, redemption and hope, all encompassed into one crime thriller,” says Mandla N.

Once released from jail a few years later, will Nox manage to mend relations with her parents? Will her circumstances force her back into a life of crime or will she turn her life around?