Self rebranding from national leader into civilian life, South Africans should brace up for former president Jacob Zuma and his family who are set to grace the small screen soon, when they make their first appearance in a reality TV show.
The show’s producer Legend Manqele said it was true that he was working on, and shooting “a season of something” with the Nkandla former first family.
In a thread of twitter postings last Friday, Manqele shared photos of his working team line up at the Zuma homestead in Nkandla and went on to caption one: “Leaving (former) president Jacob Zuma’s house after shooting the most amazing thing”.
Among the photos the producer posted, one of it was of Nonkanyiso Conco, who shares a son with the former SA president.
The 25-year-old Vuma FM presenter was clad in traditional clothing, sitting by the riverside, with a cameraperson appearing to be capturing a video footage of her.
Manqele highlighted that South Africa will witness the real Zuma family, through the young mother, adding that many would have their questions answered.
“I don’t know if she will say anything at this stage; however, I can assure you that we are working together.
“The company is looking at walking a journey with her and it is going to be for public consumption through traditional media,” he said.
Although the date of the show's launch is yet to be announced, Manqele was upbeat, and said Conco had a lot of stories to share with South Africa, and for him she was “the most interesting one”.
The Sunday Tribune asked the producer if the former president would appear in any of the episodes, and Manqele had this to say: “Everyone is included.”
Manqele described the shooting in Nkandla on Friday as a memorable experience and he was thankful of the welcome and respect exhibited and given by the community and family.
“It was brilliant, and I would be in a better position to give more details on the project next month,” said Manqele who is also known for producing the popular reality television shows Being Bonang, Living the Dream with Somizi on Mzansi Magic Channel 161, as well as Vuzu: Rich Kids.
The prominent producer is also presently filming the Durban-based Mpisane family’s reality show featuring businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane, together with her two children Andile and Sbahle Mpisane.
Meanwhile, none among the former first family members could be reached for comment. But all in all, it seems on course, and South Africans should gear up for the former leader as he rebrands himself into civilian life.