Babes Wodumo. (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Forget the State of the Nation 2018 broadcast, on Friday evening the TV drama will be on Uzalo where the celebrity funeral spectacle to mourn MaNzuza and Smangele's after their double murder will be packed with stars, from Babes Wodumo and gospel singer Hlengiwe Mhlaba, to Durban's current mayor.
The weekday prime time telenovela on SABC1 will be a special hour-long funeral episode packed with histrionics and special guests.
The hour-long episode was filmed a month ago on 16 January as a razzmatazz TV funeral for the killed off characters of MaNzuza and Smangele, who were both murdered after Leleti Khumalo quit the show for more money in e.tv's upcoming Imbewu also filmed in Durban and Sihle Ndaba got fired.
Viewers on Friday are in for drama and emotional moments in scenes filmed on the Newlands sound stage in Durban where the Stained Glass TV production roped in guest stars like the current Durban mayor, Zandile Gumede who will make an appearance as a community representative.
The veteran gospel singer Hlengiwe Mhlaba will lead the congregants in some gospel melodies.
According to the producers the "the funeral service is a send-off that no-one expected will happen. People have to hold on to their faith, some on their weapons, to make sure that they stay alive and breathing".
Viewers will recognise familiar faces snapping up top seats at the TV celebrity funeral including Babes Wodumo - no visa required - and Mampintja, Tzozo, The Legacy, Selbeyonce, Zodwa Wabantu, Destruction Boyz, Dumi Mkostad and others. Kid Sithole appears as Pastor Goba and Dudu Khoza is the master of ceremonies.