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The Tokoloshe (2018)

Busi, a young destitute woman with dangerously repressed emotions, lands a job as a cleaner at a rundown hospital in the heart of Johannesburg. Desperate for the money so she can bring her ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Petronella Tshuma Petronella Tshuma ... Busi
Kwande Nkosi Kwande Nkosi ... Gracie
Dawid Minnaar Dawid Minnaar ... Ruatomin
Harriet Manamela Harriet Manamela ... Ma Zondi
Mandla Shongwe Mandla Shongwe ... Baba Zondi
Yule Masiteng Yule Masiteng ... Abel
Coco Merckel Coco Merckel ... Jakes
Leiden Colbet Leiden Colbet ... Rosie
Natasja Jacobs Natasja Jacobs ... Wilma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ramunasi Fhathwani Ramunasi Fhathwani ... Paediatric Night Nurse
Aletta Rose Khesa Aletta Rose Khesa ... Paediatric Ward Kid
Moegemat Noor Lewis Moegemat Noor Lewis ... Indian Man
Xolani Luvuno Xolani Luvuno ... Male Orderlys
Kgomotso Mabale Kgomotso Mabale ... Paediatric Night Nurse
Pascals Mabona Pascals Mabona ... Male Orderlys


Busi, a young destitute woman with dangerously repressed emotions, lands a job as a cleaner at a rundown hospital in the heart of Johannesburg. Desperate for the money so she can bring her younger sister to Johannesburg, she must cope despite the predatory and corrupt hospital manager. When Busi discovers an abandoned young girl in the hospital, who believes she is tormented by a supernatural force, Busi must face her own demons from her past in order to save the child from the abusive monster that pursues them both relentlessly.

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Where she goes it follows.


Horror | Thriller




South Africa


English | Zulu

Release Date:

9 November 2018 (Vietnam) See more »

Also Known As:

Repression See more »

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1.85 : 1
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What a Waste of a Good South African Folk Story!
26 February 2019 | by grahammwilesSee all my reviews

This film had all the potential to keep the audience captivated and on the edge of their seats. However, it failed within the first 10min.

Growing up in South Africa as a young lad, the story of the Tokoloshe used to scare the living crap out of me. Excuse the crude word!

This take on the Tokoloshe was stupid and did not do any justice to the folk tale.

From the sets, the acting, the filming locations and the underlying gloom of the main character makes this a total flop.

What's worse and really stuffs the film up is that when they speak Zulu, there are no subtitles. How the hell are we supposed to understand what is happening?

If I could score this film 0 out of 10, that would be well deserved.

Don't watch this movie - it's a complete waste of time and money.

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