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More is more when it comes to SA reality TV

When you think you’ve seen it all, the next show unravels a narrative you’ve never seen before. Twice as Bold, for instance, follows twins who share intimate partners, and much more
Author: Ree Ntuli
Thu, May 05, 2022

I have had a fair share of my ‘I have seen it all’ moments while watching Mzansi’s reality TV and yet, each new show manages to top the last, rendering my experience with local trash TV a series of jaw-dropping moments.

On Isencane Lengane I have watched petulant teenagers without so much as a matric certificate, and with the blessing of their respective families tie the knot, only to later see said marriage, naturally, go up in flames within a matter of months.


On Papgeld I’ve seen married men being chased with cameras on the streets – in broad daylight – for papgeld. On Mnakwethu I have gasped in utter shock as unemployed men with nothing but Omega sandals and Brentwood pants boldly proclaimed that they want polygamous marriages. I’ve seen scenes so shocking that my mind shudders to recall, and yet, local trash TV remains the hill I choose to die on.

When I first saw the trailer of Mzansi Magic’s Twice as Bold, I prepared my system for yet another electrifying shock, and it pains me to admit that yet again, I wasn’t wrong. The chaos is unprecedented.

The show is premised on twin sisters, Olwethu and Owami Siko from Vosloorus, whose bond can be likened to that of the Holy Trinity as they too claim to be one soul who resides in two separate bodies. They are mothers to nine-year-old daughters, born just months apart.

Their daughters are fathered by the same man, their ex-husband Mzukiseni Mzazi, to whom they were married for nine years before filing for divorce, citing domestic abuse among other issues.

They are now single and are in search of a husband, but not just any husband – one who is monied and understands that they come as a pair, and therefore must be very open to the idea of an occasional threesome. Personally, I’m all for women breaking new grounds, particularly in the marriage institution.

Much like the marriage to their former husband, the sisters’ childhood background is marred by pain. They were left under the care of their grandmother after their mother married and moved in with a man who wasn’t their biological father. This left the twins with the burden of resentment toward their mother as can be seen in more than one episode of the show.

When one looks at the cards that the siblings have been dealt – from being abandoned by their mother as little girls, to falling into the trap of a loveless marriage with an older man in efforts to escape poverty and find love, and the general dysfunctionality of an unhappy familial home – one wonders if a reality show, whose aim, above everything else, is to entertain, was a step in the right direction or if psychological intervention would have been more appropriate.

The twins harbour a lot of anger that manifests as mental breakdowns in almost every episode, making it uncomfortable for viewers who are mainly looking for nothing more than light entertainment.

The inclusion of minors in the affairs of grown-ups is another concerning aspect of the show that leaves one thinking perhaps it is psychotherapy that the siblings, together with their mother, should have undergone since there are a lot of unresolved issues that threaten to explode and cause further damage.

The late Mshoza’s ex-husband, Jacob Mnisi, with his extra-long pinky nails and God-knows-why fleet of bodyguards also features on the show as a potential husband.

Regardless of public opinion about the Siko twins’ chosen lifestyle, they are determined to find a rich husband at all costs, even if the cost is respectability because ‘ditlhong’ is one word that does not exist in their vocabulary.

  • Twice as Bold is on Mzansi Magic, Thursdays at 8pm. Episodes are also available on DStv Catch Up.