Mapantsula (South Africa: 1987)


Oliver Schmitz

Cast list

Thomas Mogotlane
Marcel van Heerden
Thembi Mtshali
Dolly Rathebe
Peter Sephuma
Darlington Michaels
Eugene Majola
Gabriel Dichwabe
Brad Morris
Polite Dlamini
Duma Nyembe
Jerry Mokgoko
Similo Makhambi
Boitumelo Dijoe
Arthur Molepo
Michael Copley


Executive Producer: David Hannay

Producer: Max Montocchio


Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who inevitably becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and has to choose between individual gain and a united stand against the system.


Lee. "Mapantstula Review." IMDb., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2014.

"Mapantsula." London. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2014.

Academic Writing:

Davies, Matt. “Mapantsula and the Culture of Resistance in South Africa.” Africa Today, vol. 37, no. 1, 1990, pp. 97–99. JSTOR, JSTOR,

The Art of Politics and Passion

Benson, Sheila “The Art of Politics and Passion”.  LA Times (magazine). 15 OCT 1989

Other movies from South Africa made in

Title Country Year Director More infos
The Stick South Africa 1987 Darrell Roodt
You Must Be Joking Too South Africa 1987 Leon Schuster
Mapantsula South Africa 1987 Oliver Schmitz
Shot Down South Africa 1987 Andrew Worsdale
Saturday Night at the Palace South Africa 1987 Robert Davies
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