Gqeberha: The Empire is a South African telenovela set in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) and revolves around the polygamous marriage of Luzuko Mxenge, a successful businessman who is married to three wives.
Premiere episodes of Gqeberha: The Empire air on Mzansi Magic from Mondays to Fridays at 21h00.
Friday 1 December 2023
Fate has no rear-view mirror
Luzuko is on a war path. Msimelelo wants to win his family back or die trying. Nontle’s broken heart feels like it will never mend.
Monday 4 December 2023
The wages of sin
Zimkhitha’s actions cause a ripple effect that shatters her entire world. Msimelelo takes a bold step to try and win Funeka again.
Tuesday 5 December 2023
A nightmare unfolds
Zimkhitha unravels at the hands of her evil deeds. The Mxenge children bond over their grief. A tragedy reunites the Makwetus.
Wednesday 6 December 2023
Msimelelo moves back home but is still not sure what that means for their relationship. Hurt by the loss of family, Ntando blames his mother, not knowing just how right he is. Zimkhitha is haunted by her mistake.
Thursday 7 December 2023
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
Zimkhitha is losing her mind. Nontle tries to drown her sorrows with alcohol. Msimelelo misses his departed dear friend.
Friday 8 December 2023
The uninvited mourner
Zimkhitha’s guilt continues to haunt her. Nontle is not handling the end of her marriage well. An unexpected mourner interrupts proceedings at the wake.
Monday 11 December 2023
A different cry
Hlumelo decides to let Zimkhitha bury her kids. Thulani finds it hard to accept his father’s death. Nontle finally seeks help from Pastor.
Tuesday 12 December 2023
Changing of the guard
Hlumelo lays down the law with his brother’s family. Nontle throws herself into something else to avoid dealing with her real issues, but Sivuyile can see through her. Nozuko offers her allegiance to the kids when she falls in with the new alpha.
Wednesday 13 December 2023
Bullet to the rescue
Zimkhitha ignores Vathiswa’s advice to get ahead of things by telling Ntando the truth. Thulani’s decision to sign the divorce papers after the funeral might push Nontle over the edge. Bulelwa slows Hlumelo’s roll with a court order.
Thursday 14 December 2023
Rest in Eternal Peace
Luzuko, Mpilo and Fundiswa are laid to rest. Hlumelo makes it known, at the funeral service, that he will avenge his brother’s death. Msimelelo finds it hard to reconcile with his friend’s death.
Friday 15 December 2023
Luzuko’s will leave the family divided and Hlumelo nonplussed. Nontle decides to deal with her heartbreak in the most shocking way.
Monday 18 December 2023
The sword in the king maker’s hands
Zimkhitha kicks Hlumelo out of the house and makes veiled threats. Nozuko is doing her best not to end up back where she started. Nontle continues to cry about Thulani breaking his vows.
Tuesday 19 December 2023
A new dawn
Hlumelo vows to get justice for his brother. Ntando extends an olive branch to his siblings, much to Zimkhitha’s chagrin. Funeka has a heart to heart with her daughter.
Wednesday 20 December 2023
Secrets, secrets, hard to keep
An unexpected find sends Ntando into a tailspin. Nontle finds out about Funeka and Msimelelo’s secret. Nozuko considers an alliance with Hlumelo.
Thursday 21 December 2023
Love is a willingness to sacrifice
Zimkhitha tells Ntando the truth about his paternity. Msimelelo is not sure how he will finance the extravagant wedding that Funeka wants. Nozuko learns something that makes Hlumelo’s theory make sense.
Friday 22 December 2023
Zimkhitha does not want to live anymore. Msimelelo’s romantic picnic for Funeka turns sour. Hlumelo spills all the beans to Thulani.
Monday 25 December 2023
Nozuko plans to use Hlumelo to advance her plans. Thulani plucks up the courage to ask Ntando a personal question, but things go left very fast. Msimelelo parties in celebration for his bachelor’s.
Tuesday 26 December 2023
The gloves are off
It’s Thulani and Hlumelo vs Zimkhitha and Ntando in the ring. The bets are in. Will Msimelelo make it to the alter, the second time around? Nozuko finds purpose in the arms of another Mxenge.
Wednesday 27 December 2023
You are all fired
Thulani and Hlumelo close in on Zimkhitha but she strikes back. Msimelelo is not ready to give up on Funeka.
Thursday 28 December 2023
Queen of spaces
The reading of Luzuko’s pathology report brings Ntando’s paternity to the spotlight. Funeka finally sees Zimkhitha’s true colours.
Friday 29 December 2023
When the wrong one loves you right
Hlumelo is still intent on getting rid of Zimkhitha even after failing to implicate her in Luzuko’s death. Nontle makes an impassioned plea to Ntando about them getting back together, but is she prepared to hear the truth?