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Kenyan Actors, Actresses Grace Netflix’s ‘Justice Served’ Premiere In South Africa

From the show, a band of freedom fighters invade the trial of a white police officer who shot a Black man and a hostage situation unfolds on screens nationwide.
From the show, a band of freedom fighters invade the trial of a white police officer who shot a Black man and a hostage situation unfolds on screens nationwide.

Netflix premiered its miniseries, Justice Served, at The Park House of Events in Johannesburg with a star-studded red carpet featuring actors and actresses from Africa.

The night was a star-studded affair that saw some of the country’s A-listers come out to watch the show’s first episode. They were all dressed to the nines as they adhered to the evening’s ‘Red carpet ready with a touch of African’ theme.

Kenyan award-winning Kate Actress, actor Blessing Lung’aho, actress Melissa Kiplagat and actor Melvin Alusa were among celebrities who graced the launch of a new Netflix series ‘Justice Served’ in South Africa.

From the show, a band of freedom fighters invade the trial of a white police officer who shot a Black man and a hostage situation unfolds on screens nationwide.

Justice served opens up with the scene of the army veteran Allan Harvey shooting a black guy while he is running away. The white man had shot a black youth, Zoli, and he defended his actions by stating that it was an act of self-defense. Zoli was carrying a gun, and Harvey believed that he could be harmed in that situation . A year later, on the day of the final verdict, a group of people hijack the courtroom where the trial is held and a moment before the judge declares the final verdict.

Moments captured at the Netflix Original series Justice Served
Moments captured at the Netflix Original series Justice Served

The group calls themselves the Numoor and is led by their commander Azania Maqoma (Hlomla Dandala) who has the intention of delivering justice by letting the people decide whether Harvey is guilty or not.

He gives the people until 5:00 PM to vote on their website, if guilty then Harvey will be killed on television but if not then he will be let go. The police are on the scene but things don’t get easy for them when a General appears and takes charge, only to be following orders from a minister of the country.

He believed Harvey was not an innocent man, and to prove his position, he started to delve into his past. Harvey had physically tortured his wife and son. Initially, he denied killing an innocent man, but when he looked at Maqoma in his eyes, he realized that he was the same man he had once tortured.

The show gets intense as scenes from the past appear and we get to know of the brotherhood and betrayal that Azania Maqoma once experienced, as well as the torture from Allan Harvey. As his past affects his present and the future, he keeps hope in the people for whom he is fighting this war.

The situation gets out of control when the daughter (Itu) of the head of police (Mashaba) becomes a supporter of the Numoor and innocents lose their lives during this battle. She ends up being arrested for aiding crime and is later short dead while at a demonstration. However, the biggest turn is the result of the voting that was not as expected, the people vote in favor of Harvey by letting him free which irritates the commander to a point where he is unable to control his anger.

This show will take you through scenes of African history, and wars of liberation; while also showing the hidden societies that are at constant war with the oppressors of the native people. It will give an insight into the struggle for freedom and equality that the natives have to face even today, only to be another collateral damage in the war of the powerful.

Moments captured at the Netflix Original series Justice Served
Moments captured at the Netflix Original series Justice Served

It is delirious, explosive and with a clear show of the evils by leaders and how the desire and hunger for power can drive one to do unimaginable ethos in order to clinch power; there is clearly no better word for this series.

It portrays to the viewers the true face of the people who portray the picture of bringing justice into society, while all they ever do is rule. The hunger for power only gets stronger and this will not stop them from killing anybody who stands on their way including their own people.

The show has exploited the constitution that promises a fair trial, a corrupted government and a delusional country that has stopped by for some entertainment.

To add up, the show may remind you of Money Heist in some instances, but let me tell you that this show is a lot more serious than that. It will take the hostage situation to another level and build up your interest in what happened between the two boys who were supposed to be brothers.

Justice was never truly served; it rather became another form of repression. While the Namoor were those who fought for the people from the shadows, it was now under Maqoma’s leadership, become a controlling power. At the end of the day, it is always about power play and never truly about serving the people.

The show is definitely worth your time, Watch Justice Served for free on Netflix then share your opinion on the comment section.

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I am an entertainment enthusiast with a natural freak for telling trending conversations in entertainment and lifestyle from an African perspective. For this and many more, feel free to share your thoughts, tips or even a chat at janynbrian@gmail.com. Grazie!!

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