Superstition is not just an old wives’ tale in many African societies, and the latest drama to hit Mzansi Magic’s shores explore the depths of this phenomenon, and how much of what we know about witchcraft has been sensationalised and distorted. The Omen, produced by Magic Drum Films, tells the story of a coven of witches and one high-powered lawyer, Mogale, whose lineage dates back to that coven. He finds himself at a crossroads because even though he doesn’t believe in witchcraft, the witches believe in him! His destiny calls him to return to his roots just like his father before him, the chief wizard who died not too long ago. Mogale was raised by his uncle and never knew much about his real parents, but now, even though he despises everything about witches and the supernatural realm, deep down he can’t get that nagging voice to calm down – the voice that keeps saying “maybe, just maybe, this path can’t be avoided”.

Debunking myths

In an African context, witchcraft wasn’t always seen as a dark art and was practised openly and freely. This is what The Omen is focusing on, a look at current-day politics relating to your calling to the supernatural and how back in the day, witchcraft was used positively, and how it was manipulated by man’s greed to become the frowned upon practice it is today. Did people really think African witches were riding around on broomsticks causing thunderstorms?

The cast

Lesley Musina, who played Ndalamo on Muvhango, comes back to the small screen to bring the role of Mogale to life. Molobane Mbatha (Skeem Saam and Ikhaya) is back in the Mzansi Magic family playing the role of Chigani. Ayanda Bandla who we’ve seen in the reality show One Day Leader plays Nokuthula, while veteran actor Magic Hlatshwayo is Mathaithai. Refilwe Madumo (Huis van Liefde, Scandal!) is Lizi.

Watch The Omen S1 on Sundays on Mzansi Magic at 20:00

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