Mzansi was dealt a major blow after the death of Shona Ferguson, one of the country’s most prolific and talented actors and TV producers. The renowned film director appeared in a number of productions produced by his production company Ferguson Films, including the first season of Kings of Joburg and Rockville.
Prior to his passing, Shona had informed the nation about the upcoming second season of the critically-acclaimed Netflix original series. The 6-part series delves into legacy building, fragmented family structures, treacherous brotherhoods, and the effects of crime and African masculinities on families and society at large.
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The star-studded cast of the show included the likes of Zolisa Xaluva, Cindy Mahlangu, Thembi Seete, Tsholofelo Matshaba, Tokollo Sebothoma, Abdul Khoza, SK Khoza, and Buhle Samuels.
Shona played the role of Simon “Vader” Masire, a member of the KOJ brotherhood and the eldest of the Masire siblings. Simon leads the family business as the smoother, more charismatic brother. However, underneath the lavish suits and ties is a man hiding a dark secret.
King of Joburg received rave reviews from viewers and many are anticipating its return, however no official announcement has been made about the date of season two’s premiere or who will replace Shona. We guess we’ll have to wait a short while longer to find out when the series will come back since there has been no confirmation that it’s in production.
Shona also starred on Rockville as JB Bogatsu, which wrapped up the 5th season. Shona Ferguson thanked his cast and crew for making it possible, “To the entire cast & crew, THANK YOU for your world-class talent and professionalism. You guys make me happy. Thank you @mzansimagic for trusting us to bring another season of the show that started the drama series on the channel.”
Shona died on 30 July 2021 due to COVID-19 related complications at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. His company has been lauded for creating gripping drama series and telenovelas for Mzansi Magic, which included The Queen, Rockville, The Wild, iGazi and The Imposter, and Netflix series Kings of Joburg.
His family has promised to carry on his legacy. “He made me a promise to always be by my side wherever he is, wherever I am. And I am going to make him a promise as I have done before, that no matter what comes and goes, I will always carry on his legacy and I will make him and my family proud,” said his daughter Alicia Ferguson.