Actor and singer Mandla Ngcongwa who's also Lockdown producer fumes at 7de Laan for 'stealing' his storyline


It looks like Mandla Ngcongwa, aka Mandla N, thinks his hit Mzansi Magic prison drama, Lockdown, inspired 7de Laan.

The actor and singer, who is also Lockdown’s creator, seemingly threw shade at the SABC 2 soapie’s prison storyline.

Mandla shared a picture of the 7de Laan cast dressed in their prison gear on his Instagram account recently.


“I’m glad we could inspire! When #lockdown makes denim the thing to be done. #trendsetters #trailblazer #blackbrainpictures,” he captioned the image.

Shade or just an observation?

We don’t blame 7de Laan’s writers for spicing things up with some prison drama

If it works for Orange is the New Black and Lockdown, it can work for them.

Three seasons later and Lockdown is still one of the most popular shows on local TV.

The series regularly trends on Twitter and has even attracted international actors.

American actress Tichina Arnold appears in the new season

Speaking to Channel 24 in May, Tichina explained why she wanted to be part of the show.

“After speaking with him [Mandla] and how passionate he was about telling the black woman story of incarceration, which is a systemic problem we have in America as well, I was all for it – I am all in!”

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