Fans drool over Thembinkosi Mthembu following ‘Outlaws’ premiere

Thembinkosi Mthembu stars in new Showmax original 'Outlaws'. Picture: Supplied

Thembinkosi Mthembu stars in new Showmax original 'Outlaws'. Picture: Supplied

Published Sep 7, 2023


‘Outlaws’ has already proven to be a hit with local audiences since its launch on Showmax earlier in the week.

The new series, which is South Africa’s first modern-day Western series, tells the story of two families at war with each other: the Zulu, cattle-farming Biyela clan, and the Basotho, cattle-raiding Ts’eoles.

Man of the moment Thembinkosi Mthembu, who’s still riding the wave of his roles in ‘Adulting,’ ‘Shaka iLembe’, and ‘The River’, has been the talk of social media since the show first premiered earlier in the week.

“Thembinkosi Mthembu sana #OutlawsShowmax,” Tweeted @tshepiiiim.

— Retshepisitswe (@TshepiiiiM) September 7, 2023

@mimomokgosi added, “I’m crushing on ThembiNkosi 🥹 #OutlawsShowmax”

@nomakhisimusi shared an image of Mthembu, “Now we are talking 🔥🤭 #OutlawsShowmax I’m definitely watching this 👏🏾😍”

Some like @king_tsafendas, expressed their disappointment at the show’s “unnecessary” sex scenes.

“There are these unnecessary sexual scenes that are put in the South African TV productions like why vele? #OutlawsShowmax #ShakaiLembeMzansi”

@niso_neso added, “One of the reasons i dont watch our shows its scene of sex just to get audience we do anything for a like or clit #OutlawsShowmax.”

— @Niso_Neso (@Niso_Neso) September 7, 2023

‘Outlaws’ creators Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon recently spoke about what they felt sets Outlaws apart from other shows they’ve worked on.

The pair have been on a roll with award-winning shows like ‘The River,’ ‘The Republic', and ‘Adulting’.

"The majority of our dramas and telenovelas have focused on strong female characters as the leads. It’s something we’re very proud of, and strong female characters will always play a major role in our work," he said.

“But with ‘Outlaws’, we’ve also created some powerful male characters alongside our strong female leads.

"The show has a strong male energy, which I think sets it apart from our other work. It’s a very physical show, with gun battles, car chases, and chases on horseback."