A liberation hero turned heist king and a broken Apartheid cop seeking redemption find their lives interlocked in this gritty crime drama

Set in 1990s South Africa, against an emerging rainbow-nation whose great promise is dangerously close to being irrevocably broken, Soon Comes Night has at its heart a story about two men, both complex, both determined to prove themselves. It’s a story about how good people find themselves doing bad things and how bad people have a surprising capacity to do good.

Based on real events and inspired by a notorious heist legend, the series follows fictional freedom fighter Alex Shabane after he returns to South Africa. When his promised ‘spoils of war’ fail to materialise, Alex helps himself by turning to crime. His brazen cash heists and redistribution of the loot embarrass the new government, who appoint detective Sakkie Oosthuizen, a former Apartheid cop, to find and arrest him.

While the charismatic Shabane endeavours to carve out his empire in an audacious defiance of the law , Oosthuizen is a broken man, struggling with his health, grief, and a dysfunctional police force. As their lives collide, these two very different men reflect the complexity of the old and new South Africa: where a painful past with dark secrets is pitted against the hope and expectation that freedom promised. But also, a place where freedom is never really free.

6 x 60′


  • Dark and gritty action-packed crime drama
  • Set against the unique backdrop of post-Apartheid South Africa: a time of political, social and economic transformation
  • Classic cat and mouse crime drama, based on notorious, real events
  • International drama with diverse cast, production and broad appeal

Starring Kwenzo Ngcobo, Albert Pretorius, Didintle Khunou, Kenneth Nkosi, Sisanda Henna, Gaosi Raditholo, Don Mlangeni Nawa, Dippy Padi, Bahumi Madisakwane, Mavuso Simelane, Anelisa Phewa

Directed by Thabang Moleya, Sanele Zulu

Written by Paul S Rowlston

Produced by Ilse van Hemert, Ochre Moving Pictures for Netflix (Africa) and SABC

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