Silverton Siege

Netflix’s new thriller film ‘Silverton Siege’ has received praise from South African film lovers. Image via Twitter @NetflixFilm

‘Silverton Siege’: High praise for Netflix’s first African thriller [watch]

‘It’s a story that needs to be told’: Directed by Mandla Dube, Netflix’s new thriller film, ‘Silverton Siege’, features a star-studded cast.

Silverton Siege

Netflix’s new thriller film ‘Silverton Siege’ has received praise from South African film lovers. Image via Twitter @NetflixFilm

Netflix’s first African thriller, Silverton Siege hit the streaming service on Wednesday 27 April to coincide with Freedom Day in South Africa. The film, directed by legendary filmmaker Mandla Dube, has received high praise from local film lovers. 

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Silverton Siege dramaties the stand-off between apartheid police and Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) members Wilfred Madele, Stephan Mafoko and Humprey Makhubo in Silverton, Pretoria in the 1980s. 

“A fierce chase ensues which sees the fighters seeing refuge inside a bank,” reads the synopsis.

“The trio suspects there is a mpimpi (a sell-out) in their midst. The question is whom? Pressure mounts and tension rises amongst them in the bank. As the trio recognises their only options are prison or death, they negotiate for the release of Nelson Mandela.”

The film features an all-star cast including the likes of Thabo Remetsi, Arnold Vosloo, Noxolo Dlamini, Stefan Erasmus, Michelle Mosalakae and Tumisho Masha. 



Speaking to Channel24, Stefan Erasmus said the beauty of telling a story like Silverton Siege is that everyone from the cast to the crew of the film, is contributing to the documentation of South African history. 

Michelle Mosalakae added: “As much as Silverton Siege may have happened in the 1980s, the reality of the story, the reality of the pain, the reality of black people’s lives is still palpable today.”

“It’s a story that needs to be told because it’s a story that we still feel today. And the more we talk about it, the more we can really find practical ways of dealing with it.”

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Taking to Twitter, South Africans have praised Silverton Siege for its brilliant storytelling. One tweep wrote: “This is what needs to be taught in history.”

Silverton Siege is the best Netflix original film to come out [of] South Africa,” wrote another tweep.  

“I learned about the Silverton Siege from Netflix. There’s so much South African history that we’ve never learned about.”