Funny cops save the day


New South African comedy Blitz Patrollie, which features popular local comedian David
Kau in his first big screen role, releases on 10 May 2013 nationwide in South Africa
and will be distributed by Nu Metro.

Starring alongside Kau is fellow comedian Joey Rasdien, whose last film was the box
office hit and SAFTA winner, Material. Rasdien and Kau play two cops – a depressive
and a guy who lives for his job, stationed in a little-know police depot in the heart of
the Johannesburg CBD.

Blitz Patrollie is the eagerly awaited first feature film from Diprente Films, producers
of the popular satirical news show, Late Nite with Loyiso Gola. It was written and co-
produced by Kagiso Lediga (who stars as constable Lucas Ledwaba).

Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) in association with DStv will broadcast the movie
(date to be confirmed).

The movie features some of South Africa’s best stand-up comedians. Apart from
Rasdien, Kau and Lediga, the film also stars Chris Forrest, David Kibuuka, Sans
Moonsamy, Kaseran Pillay and Mel Miller.

Other characters who feature prominently are stressed-out Captain Lappies Botha
(Mel Miller) and the only members of the station’s ambitious “Sniper Development
Programme’, Braam Moerdyk (Chris Forrest) and Jack Makweru (David Kibuuka) who
are at each other’s throats constantly.

When Rummy, Ace and the bumbling snipers stumble upon a massive drug haul in a
poor white neighbourhood the stash gets stolen from right under their noses.

The prime suspects in the missing drug case are the infamous Naidoo brothers, Jerry
and Deshi (Quentin Krog and Kaseran Pillay, respectively). Seemingly double-crossed,
the Naidoos are also searching the city for the missing drugs.

With the search in full swing, the media is focusing on the ongoing corruption trial of
South Africa’s populist Minister of Foreign Affairs, Midas Mdlalose (Mabutho “Kid’
Sithole). When Happiness Mabene, a popular Orlando Pirates striker and Ace’s
favourite player is killed by a brick to the head in a second attack of its kind, Ace
discovers a link between the brick assassinations and Mdlalose.

Ace suggests a raid on one of the minister’s houses as he suspects there will be
drugs after which the Provincial Police Commissioner, under immense pressure to
clean up the streets, makes an example by suspending Rummy and Ace and threatens
to close down the underperforming station.

Will the pair – now both depressed – get to save their jobs and the police station
from closure? And how?

Blitz Patrollie was written by Kagiso Lediga, directed by Andrew Wessels and
produced by Kagiso Lediga, Isaac Mogajane, Shandukani Nesengani, Terry Vallet and
John Volmink.

By Martie Bester

Screen Africa magazine – April 2013


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