Zuma's daughters hired for new sitcom

2011-07-12 12:56
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Sisters Gugulethu Zuma and Nokuthula Zuma, daughters of President Jacob Zuma, are getting their own local TV sitcom as the stars of It's For Life on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 107).

This new show coincides with the channel's first birthday as well as a change in its on-air look and logo.

It's For Life will start on Mzansi Magic on Friday, July 15 at 19:00 with Gugulethu Zuma as Coco and her sister Nokuthula playing Jabu in two of the lead roles.

It's For Life revolves around 20-something women who discover a squatter living in their new house who they can't legally evict or get rid of.

This new sitcom marks the first time that the two Zuma sisters are in the same show together, doing comedy on television. Gugulethu Zuma appeared in the TV drama The Interrogation Room previously and popped up as a recurring character in SABC3's soap Isidingo since last July. The other two stars are Nkuli Sibeko-Bortman as Zanele and Thalitha Ndima as Sam.

"Gugulethu takes the role of Coco, an events co-ordinator by profession and a so-called 'coconut' by choice – actively distancing herself from her Zulu roots," says the channel. "Nokuthula's Jabu is an aspiring radio DJ who lives for her music."

"It's For Life is a fresh new sitcom about four young women making their way through life in a fun, exciting and hilarious way. It's about a group of 20-something South African women who are destined to connect with Mzansi Magic's female viewers in a big, big way," says the channel that's celebrating its first birthday. "It's a story of four women who have ups and downs in love, career and friendship – but who will always be together, in one way or another, for life."

Brand new local TV

It's For Life is part of Mzansi Magic's drive to produce brand-new local TV content for South African audiences. The cash-strapped SABC that hasn't commissioned new local content for two years other than advertiser-funded productions (AFPs) is already seeing Mzansi Magic as competition and mentioned the channel by name in parliament as a competitor that's likely to steal revenue and viewers away from the public broadcaster in future.

In 2010 Mzansi Magic put out commissioning briefs for a brand-new local South African soap, a reality show, drama and comedy and was flooded with suggestions – so much so that it had to extend its timeline to sift through all the proposals the channel received.

According to sources, Mzansi Magic is working on Matchbox (working title) as its new soap opera that will be produced by Puo Pha Productions. Mzansi Magic is also reportedly developing a local black telenovella, a soap opera with a fixed number of episodes, with the working title of Desire, which could be produced by Urban Brew Studios and will be Mzansi Magic's first foray into the telenovella genre.

Station 7 could be the channel's first local drama series and a local South African version of Extreme Makeover Home Edition showed traction as possibly the first local reality show for the channel.


  • Verbatim - 2011-07-12 13:22

    oh yay!..another reason to watch Unbeatable Banzuke!

      MaanDonkie - 2011-07-12 14:28

      Our own local Kardashians haai bo wena!!!

  • Markal - 2011-07-12 13:24

    Some alternative names: "Having 7000 brothers and sisters"; "Getting acting gigs without talent cause dad's the prez" and "My 500 mommies".

  • Richard - 2011-07-12 13:27

    oink! (more gravy please)

  • Sisie - 2011-07-12 13:31

    Obviously think they are the black Kardashians. now there will be even less to watch on TV. Must say i am doing a lot of reading now a days.

  • Gorilla - 2011-07-12 13:33

    At least they are doing something that their father is good at - getting laughed at.

  • yucca.nel - 2011-07-12 13:37

    If this show is based on their lives and continues if he has more daughters, then we could have enough content to make "Days of our lives" seem as short as an ad :P

  • callan - 2011-07-12 13:39

    With their fathers running of the country to draw on.....they should be pretty sharp at comedy....!

      Judge Judy - 2011-07-13 09:33

      That's "ruining of the country"...

  • Wayne - 2011-07-12 13:41

    I can hardly see their eyes

  • Colby - 2011-07-12 13:44

    Forgive me but the cynic in me just had to come out eventually..."Zuma's daughters hired for a sitcom?" surely they are to young to sit in parliament?

      Patience - 2011-07-12 14:23

      Tereblanche, they are not fending for themselves. These and a lot of other such similar TV projects/shows are funded by die department of arts and culture - YOUR AND MY TAX-FKN-MONEY!! And why do you think not 1 but 3 of his offspring get their own tv-show? Yes...because the father is the president why else? I don't believe for one minute that this show will be canned if it's not successful...because daddy is the president.

  • John - 2011-07-12 13:50

    The Zuma daughters are experienced actors. Gugu is a professionally trained actor (AFDA) being talented and hard-working. So please give them a chance to show us what they can do before you criticise their performances Unfairly.

      daaivark - 2011-07-12 14:03

      I agree. Of course it would be naive to think that the show's producers were not motivated by who their father is, but the reality is that they are IN FACT SA celebrities by virtue of their father's position, and viewers are drawn to celebrities. I have found Gugu's appearances not too shabby, I must admit, so hey, why not allow them a chance. Or should we practice reverse discrimination and bar them because their Dad is a famous jester.

  • derkus - 2011-07-12 13:52

    rather watch KTV

      Tereblanche - 2011-07-12 14:03

      No wonder they call you derkak, because you are such a moron with jealous running in your veins

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-12 13:53

    but isn't JZ already in a sitcom...

      bill - 2011-07-12 15:48

      no , he is a circus clown

  • John - 2011-07-12 13:56

    More cadre deployment

      daaivark - 2011-07-12 14:04

      Pathetic John. They can't choose their father.

  • Gorilla - 2011-07-12 13:58

    All the Presidents (wo)men.

      Alltainted - 2011-07-12 14:28

      The Muppet Show (reruns)?

  • MIM128 - 2011-07-12 14:08

    When is this going to end? But their family is big to keep the rating up...

  • Expression - 2011-07-12 14:08

    damn!!!! Some idiots think if ur parents follow a certain carrer thenautomatically you will also follow it.Give these ladies a chance,they are not in politics,grow up ppl

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-12 14:19

    Don't burden them with the sins of their father. They are actually quite accomplished actresses.......you just can't choose your family..

  • GT - 2011-07-12 14:22

    The plot sounds more like a documentary than a sit-com. Oh, we are going to have fun with this topic. New idea for a sit-com "There is a squatter in the Union buildings"

  • mamakalami - 2011-07-12 15:18


  • jock - 2011-07-12 15:49

    I think the show would have been more interesting using some of Zuma's old lays

  • BlakKat - 2011-07-12 17:26

    Aren't we lucky!! As if we don't have enough nepotism in television. Don't they earn anything the hard way?

  • sushiqueen2 - 2011-07-13 10:31

    I hope its a comedy cause we will be laughing at stupidity!!

  • Helena - 2011-07-13 12:52

    Is this perhaps a case of not what you know, but who you know?

  • Helena - 2011-07-13 12:57

    Is this maybe a situation of "who you know and not neccesary what you know"?

  • Monica - 2011-07-16 02:07

    What about the other 22 children! You are a sick bunch! Hope you rot in hell for living of tax-payers money!

  • Gavin.H - 2011-09-29 13:39

    Can they act? Or is it just a "Zuma name" thing?

  • Erick - 2012-04-21 15:56


  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-22 16:05

    Gugulethu is a very talented actress.

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