Destined to be emotional viewing, the 13 part series is focused on resolving issues of paternity using DNA testing, allowing the individuals involved the opportunity to answer questions of parentage that they have been unable to answer before.
Hosted by South African musician, poet, actor and presenter Bonginkosi Dlamini ‘Zola’ who takes on the roles of mediator and investigator. Utatakho is centered on bringing resolution and understanding to the difficult topic of absent fathers. Using in-depth interviews, the series will explore the motivations, doubts and hopes of the three most central persons in each episode – father, mother, child.
Whether it’s a father who refuses to acknowledge his child; a mother who wants to prove her child’s father is the man she has named; or even an adult simply wanting to know who their dad is; Utatakho will try to help. From meeting each of the people involved and hearing their story, to facilitating a DNA test, and on to delivering the final results with the help of a counselling psychologist, in each 30 minute episode the show will strive to encourage union, dialogue and a positive way forward in each case that it spotlights.
Produced for Mzansi Magic by Connect tv, the series highlights a prominent social issue that affects many across this country, and is expected to resonate with audiences who can identify with its sensitive yet familiar subject matter. It is important to note that the series was not designed to deal with the topics of maintenance and fiscal arrangements for child rearing, but more to give closure to those who simply want to know how and if they are related to each other.
Commenting on the series, kwaito legend Zola (Bonginkosi Dlamini) says, “I really wanted to be involved in this particular program because it tackles a subject that is very relevant to many South Africans, and very close to my own heart. I want people to see that they can engage, that there can be a powerful positive outcome to years of questions, that using a combination of science and respect, we can have meaningful conversations about paternity, family, future. I think audiences will be inspired and moved by the stories that are told on this show.”
Mzansi Magic brings you a new reality show about proving paternity. Starts on Tuesday, 7 July at 19:30 with Zola 7 as your host!