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SA reacts to rumours of 'Big Brother Mzansi' returning

’Big Brother Mzansi Secrets’ winner Mandla Hlatshwayo. Picture: Cobus Bodenstein

’Big Brother Mzansi Secrets’ winner Mandla Hlatshwayo. Picture: Cobus Bodenstein

Published Oct 12, 2021


Rumour has it that “Big Brother Mzansi” is returning after a more than five-year hiatus.

Following the social media announcement by entertainment reporter Phil Mphela, fans have driven “Big Brother Mzansi” right to the top of the Twitter trends list.

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The South African iteration of the “Big Brother” series last aired in 2015 when a contestant on the show was allegedly sexually assaulted by a fellow housemate.

While tweeps debated how best to make the show a success, what they seemed most united by was the desire for “regular” people on the show, not celebrities and influencers.

@PhilMphela tweeted: “The only thing I want from the new Big Brother Mzansi – No celebrities & Influencers. The show needs a whole new crop of ’talent’. This should be a career launching pad for new people. I wouldn’t even mind a new person hosting the show. A fresh start. This industry needs it!”

@THIZOZO_MOKOENA added: “We don’t want celebrities for big brother mzansi. We've seen them enough on TV and heard them enough on radio. Give the normal public a chance.”

Another user, @@cnehshuga, wrote: “Guys please enter Big Brother Mzansi. We need people from the TL on there.”

@TshepoKgakane even went so far as to create a rulebook for the show, writing: “Rules for Big Brother Mzansi. 1. No influencers 2. No celebrities 3. No taken/married individuals on the show 4. Ama2000 are welcome🍆🍑 5. SAVANNA must sponsor Saturday night parties 6. Katlego Maboe should host.”

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“Big brother mzansi making a return is the best news I've heard all month. 😭😭🥳🥳🔥🔥 motho o tla ikhutsa kebo Jackie B,” wrote @nqabile_

An official announcement about the return of “Big Brother Mzansi” is set to happen on Tuesday.