It was dubbed “a drama that sears itself into your consciousness” by the UK Independent, won four South African Film and Television Awards, and was nominated for two International Emmys. Now, M-Net’s primetime crime drama Reyka is back for season 2 on Thursday 11 January 2024 at 20:00, with a host of new characters and powerhouse performances.
Detective Reyka Gama (Kim Engelbrecht – Dominion, The Flash) returns and has been seconded to the Durban Harbour Police Station where she’s busy building the profile of a killer who targets couples at a coastal lookout spot called Lover’s Lane. The assailant is a sinister enigma who finishes off male victims in a cold and clinical fashion yet shows remorse – even protectiveness – over female victims.
With the killings hitting headlines nationwide, Reyka has the added pressure of solving the murders before the province’s International Water Conference sees scores of delegates coming to the city. On top of that, Reyka’s past still haunts her. Angus Speelman (Iain Glen – Game of Thrones), the twisted Scottish immigrant farmer who kidnapped her when she was a young girl – is institutionalised in a facility for sex offenders, but Reyka is still tormented by the abuse she suffered.
However, a glimmer of hope appears when she partners with new detective Ayanda Jali – a source of courage and goodness reminiscent of Reyka's former partner. Despite Reyka’s precarious mental state and complex personal life, she’s determined to catch Durban’s latest predator.
Playing Detective Ayanda Jali is award-winning actress and musician Samkelo Ndlovu (iNkaba, Freedom). She’s a tough and courageous detective with strong moral values and integrity. She becomes Reyka's friend and confidant and helps her navigate her cases and personal struggles.
Starring as Ayanda's boyfriend, Zee, is multiple award-winning actor Pallance Dladla (Isibaya, Dam). Zee grew up in a children’s shelter and is now a social justice vlogger and internet personality. He struggles with issues of boundaries and self-esteem – caught between his feelings for Ayanda and his own insecurities.
The indomitable head of the Search and Rescue Unit Captain Leon Lombard, played by Frank Rautenbach (Lioness, The Bang Bang Club), is an adrenaline junkie like Tanner, and there’s a romantic attraction between him and Reyka.
Lemogang Tsipa (Shaka iLembe, The Republic) plays the handyman Tokkie. Isolated, he’s a good-looking and slightly strange young man who was brought up in the children’s home where he now works.
Other new faces include legendary thespian Sello Maake Ncube (The Herd, The Queen), comic and actor Joey Rasdien (Bunny Chow), Zane Meas (Ludik), Tamara Skye, Kira Wilkinson (Black Beauty), Wayne van Rooyen (Fiela se Kind), Deon Lotz (Skoonheid), Trudy van Rooy (Skemerdans), and Nicky Rebelo (Good Life).
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Reyka season 2 will plunge viewers into Durban’s murkier depths with its incendiary storyline. The second season premieres Thursday 11 January 2024 on M-Net (DStv channel 101) – The Home of Entertainment – at 20:00, live-streams on DStv Stream, and will be available on DStv Catch Up after broadcast. Join the conversation on Facebook, X, Instagram, and TikTok using #ReykaSA.