Renowned actress Bonnie Mbuli joins the star-studded cast of The Republic as the hit political thriller returns for season 2.

Viewers can also look forward to new plot twists as crime thriller Mzali Wam’ returns for its second season in the new year.

Renowned actress and TV personality Bonnie Mbuli will make a long-awaited return to Mzansi’s small screen when Tshedza Pictures’ The Republic returns for season 2 in the new year.

Joining an already long list of award-winning stars, Mbuli will play Nandi, and will star alongside fellow familiar and celebrated faces, including SAFTA winner Bongile Mantsai (Mzansi Magic’s Grootboom & Sons,); iconic Isibaya star Thembi Nyandeni; The River’s Tsholo Mashishi; and Isithembiso and Lingashoni’s Chichi Letswalo.

Reprising their lead roles for season 2 will be award winners Florence Masebe (as President Mulaudzi) and Masasa Mbangeni (as Bridget). Two new young leads also join the show: Lemogang Tsipa (Isithembiso) who plays Sizwe and Noxolo Dlamini (Isibaya) plays Thina.

Season 2 of the award-winning political thriller The Republic follows the aftermath of season 1 – the kidnapping of President Mulaudzi and a coup attempt amidst a genuine citizen unrest. Mulaudzi might have cleaned up her cabinet (or has she?) but the country is still in a state of chaos , with protests, riots and power outages being the norm. How will she fix it, and who will stand in her way?

Another dramatic show that’s been a hit with viewers, Mzali Wam’ returns, following the shocking first season which dealt with a kidnapping plot, human trafficking, familial ties and the love of two mothers for one child.

In season 2 of Mzali Wam’, Ntokozo and Joyce return home to start their new lives as mother and daughter. While they do receive a warm welcome, does this signal happily ever after?

The cast includes Lungelo Mpangase, who reprises her role as Ntokozo, award winner Lusanda Mbane (as Joyce), Nolwazi Shange (The River) who plays Sibongile, Dumisani Mbebe, back as the villainous and aptly named Terror, Oros Mampofu (Grassroots, Igazi), who plays Musa and Loyiso McDonald (The Queen) who plays Lungelo.

“We’re starting off the new year with the return of two of our most-loved dramas. It’s also fantastic that both these shows have female leads at the forefront. It’s important for us a Mzansi Magic to give our viewers content that they love  while still remaining relevant and portraying the matters that affect our viewers’ lives in a realistic and truthful manner,” says Shirley Adonisi, newly appointed Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

January 2022 is gearing up to be an exciting and deliciously dramatic month for Mzansi Magic viewers. Tune into The Republic on Sundays at 20:00 from 2 January, and Mzali Wam’ on Mondays at 20:00 from 3 January on DStv Channel 161.