How RHOD reception differed from Showmax to Mzansi Magic

Mzansi Magic aired the season finale of RHOD this week, which was received differently from when it aired on Showmax, as the matter of tribalism was not topical.

On Sunday, 18 July 2021, Mzansi Magic aired the final episode of season one of The Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD). The episode was Nonku Williams’ redemption episode, as she hosted the housewives of the show on a trip to Cape Town. Williams won over the housewives and fans with the trip, which is a stark contrast to her first attempt at hosting the housewives for her wine tasting event.

However, the biggest difference in the reception of the show is the manner in which the matter of tribalism was received, especially in comparison to when the show was originally aired on Showmax. For those that have not watched the episode, the matter of Laconco inviting only the isiZulu-speaking housewives to her businesswomen and mentorship soiree was addressed by Kgomotso Ndungane.

However, the confrontation was cut short by Laconco, which left Ndungane deflated. Moreover, the episode has the scene where Laconco, Ayanda Ncwane and her brother, Phupho, discussed how the rest of the cast, specifically Ndungane, are not Zulu. When the scene was first aired the direct translation of Ncwane saying Ndungane is “not a person” was misconstrued. However, the more recent reception of the episode only focused on Ncwane’s high maintenance personality, and how she is the supposed fan-favourite housewife.

It seems that Mzansi Magic viewers are already aware of the context, or they are aware that the matter will be addressed in the upcoming two-part reunion special. It will be of interest to see how the fans will react to the special, particularly when Nonku’s mother makes an appearance with a message for Ncwane. Furthermore, the Mzansi Magic fans have already joined calls for a second season of RHOD, as DStv has yet to confirm if there will be one.

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