Lockdown returns for new season

New management, new inmates and new rules are expected in the return of Lockdown for season three heading to Mzansi Magic in July.

What went down?

Mzansi Magic’s gritty, dark and sometimes controversial prison drama, Lockdown, is back with a new season that is bound to shake up July.

Last season came to a dramatic end with an injured Monde (Zola Nombona) making a run for it with the stolen diamonds, as Maki (Linda Sebezo) and her nemesis, Deborah (Pamela Nomvete) came face to face in an explosive showdown.

What's coming up?

Fast forward a couple of months later, season three opens with a jaw-dropping cliff-hanger as Beauty’s life is hanging in the balance with her son Njabulo (Mthunzi Ntoyi) spiraling out of control with guilt behind bars.

Monde wakes up in an inyanga’s house who turns out to be her good Samaritan. Determined to start afresh, Monde decides to contact Simon (Thabo Rametsi) as she believes he’s her ticket to a new beginning. Will the unlucky couple finally get their happily-ever-after?

Meanwhile, Deborah has to deal with a potential suspension after Monde’s escape, while nursing a gruesome injury at the hands of Maki Magwaza. Maki’s revenge plot gains momentum, leaving the once powerful Deborah shattered and alone.

Tyson (Lorcia Cooper) is out seeking revenge from the man that stripped her of her dignity, while Mazet (Dawn Thandeka King) goes after Sharon (Lindiwe Ndlovu) for killing someone dear to her.

And what would Thabazimbi be without new management and new inmates? Introducing:

Cast and crew

Pauletta Scott – played by Everybody Hates Chris actress, Tichina Arnold. Pauletta is a new prisoner at Thabazimbi. A deal went wrong with a former business associate, leading to a series of event that sees her locked up.

Minister Mazibuko – Thembi Nyandeni takes on the role of Minister Mazibuko, the Minister of Correctional Services. She has been assigned to Thabazimbi to get things under control. Mazibuko is hard-core, and only softens up towards her daughter, Phindi, for whom she will do anything.

Phindi Mazibuko - Phindiwe is naïve and idealistic. A criminal psychologist, she believes that all evil people can be redeemed. She is the apple of her mother’s eye. Phindi will be played by actress, writer and producer, Mmabatho Montsho.

Grace aka Zim Zim – Manaka Ranaka takes on the role of a serial killer, who has a fascination with body parts and operating on people.

Mingus - Mingus is a career criminal in for armed robbery and murder. He has charisma and enigma that is both attractive and fearsome. Mingus will be played by Khulu Skenjana.

Azania – (Real name, Pinky), is a student activist who comes to Thabazimbi along with two fellow activists for arson and malicious damage to national property. Azania will be played by Dineo Nchabeleng.

“We are looking forward to another stellar season of Lockdown. Mzansi Magic’s commitment to authentic storytelling has allowed us to share our stories beyond African borders,” said Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net, Reneilwe Sema. 

Family dynamics inside and outside the prison walls will be explored when Lockdown season three premieres on Saturday, 7 July at 20:30 on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161).