Mzansi Magic telenovela, Isibaya is back on everyone’s tongue after a long time. However, it is not because of the on-screen action. It’s safe to say that the TV show lost the plot a long time ago. It came as no surprise when rumours started swirling around that it was going to get canned.
Like the Titanic after it hit the iceberg, some actors have begun jumping the sinking ship. Ironically, there are also additions made to the roster of late that are tasked with reviving the flopping ratings. It remains to be seen if the television program can ever get back to its former glory.
The lead actor on the show, Siyabonga Thwala, who portrays Mpiyakhe Zungu is reported to be on his way out. It has been a long time coming, after there were allegations of the veteran actor being a diva on set. Thwala has already landed another role on the new M-Net telenovela, Legacy as Msizi Zulu.
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The latest actor making an exit is Sdumo Mtshali, who plays Sbu Ndlovu. Luckily, he also has a life-jacket as SABC 3 is producing a new soapie dubbed The Estates. According to reports making the rounds, the actor jumped ship because of the dwindling tv ratings.
The last time the ratings were decent was when Menzi Ngubane was still associated with the show. The storyline that precipitated his exit coincided with Nomzamo Mbatha leaving Isibaya. Around that time, Palance Dladla was also linked with a move away from the TV show, which turned out to be falsehoods.
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We wonder how this will be executed. Menzi Ngubane is linked with a dramatic return to the show, when it clear looked like that was a fatal gunshot. Ngubane’s move to The Queen never materialised due to health complications but we eagerly await his resurrection with bated breath.
Another returnee is Zakhele Msibi, who plays the mischievous Nkabinde. He was ran out of eBhubesini and his return will sure add some much needed flavour to the stale storyline.
Lastly; Thulani Mtsweni, formerly of Isidingo joins the cast of Isibaya as Mpihlangene Zungu. He is described as a charming conman who is the younger brother to the exiting Sengwayo. Mtsweni’s range as an actor is well documented, with his résumé including roles in sitcoms and daily dramas.
Catch Isibaya every Monday to Friday on Mzansi Magic, DSTV channel 161, at 20:30.
eTV Scandal! Exodus Continues – List of All the Actors that Left
Check out all the actors that left eTV Scandal!
eTV’s Scandal! signalled it’s intent to move in a different direction with a new storyline by getting rid of some of the marquee actors and actresses on the show. The drama series shifted its focus from the many filler subplots to introduce a new family in town.
In retrospect, it seemed like the writers had hit a dead end after exhausting different plot lines for some of our faves. Case in point was the handling of Hungani Ndlovu’s exit from the soapie. His first disappearance suggested that we hadn’t seen the last of the actor until Romeo re-emerged out of nowhere…only to die thereafter.
Some of Ndlovu’s highlights include outsmarting the most cunning of adversaries in Kgomotso Christopher’s character, Yvonne ‘YV’ Langa and Neo Mokgethi.
The writers quickly filled the gap by shining the spotlight on Lusanda Mbane’s character, Boniswa Langa. This move gave the impression that she would be the new lead, as new cast members Mamba and Gorbachev were introduced to add more range and drama around her.
It seems like we’ve seen the last of Mlungisi Ngema, played by Patrick Mofokeng on Scandal! The same fate that befell Romeo happened to him as well. Death by river!!!
His onscreen wife, Gcina Nkosi who reprises the role of Zinzile Ngema may also be moving on as a result. It is still yet to be confirmed, however, all evidence points towards that direction.
Brighton Ngoma also bid farewell to his character Quinton Nyathi after 10 years on the show. His exit gave viewers a glimpse of what to expect from the Kubeka family. While a freak accident may have taken his life, it showed just how resourceful the family was at evading the law and getting away with murder.
It was not too long ago when we were celebrating his marriage to Thembeka Shezi (Masasa Mbangeni). Masasa returned to the soapie only to be brutally murdered by arch-nemesis, Mthunzi Mayisa a few months later.
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It is rumoured that Lerumo Chabedi (Tshepo Masese) and his father Neo Mokgethi (Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha) will be killed off the show in the next few weeks. No doubt that the new family will have something to do with it. Lerumo has been investigating the death of Quinton that has led him to the trail of the Kubekas. It remains to be seen what happens next.
The remaining Langas may also be ushered out of the story based on current events. Xolile Langa, who is brought to life by Sivenathi Mabuya will exit the show and will be followed by Bathabile Mashigo (Grace Medupe). Seems like her final act was to kill Boniswa. After selling her shares at the Newtonian Hotel, she will disappear from the show.
Catch all of this and more on the latest episodes of Scandal! which air on e.tv from Mondays to Fridays at 19h30.
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Boniswa’s Final Episode on Scandal! Ends In Bloodshed
Boniswa’s run finally comes to an end!
It is not every day that you find yourself rooting for the villain in a life-threatening situation. Yet, when Boniswa (Lusanda Mbane) was staring down the barrel of a gun, all we could think about was how she was going to get herself out of this one.
Throughout all of the bodycount that she had been racking up and the misery that she left in her wake, the truth finally caught up with Boniswa and all of her skeletons were laid bare.
The final straw that broke the camels back was Boniswa’s admission that she had a hand in Romeo’s death. Filled with rage and anger, Grace took matters in her own hands after brandishing the handgun to get the truth out of Boniswa.
The truth sent everyone into a frenzy, especially Xolile as she found out that it was her mother that was responsible for her husband’s death.
The final scene of Boniswa Langa’s character could not have been executed any better. A frantic Boniswa was engaged in a stand off at gun point on the rooftop where she had to cough up or face the consequences.
Grace’s moral beliefs literally went out the window and she exerted vengeance for the murder of her son!
After more than five years, the 42 year old actress exits eTV’s drama series in a much dramatic fashion than the Boniswa we were introduced to in the beginning.
Lusanda’s exploits as Boniswa haven’t gone unnoticed. She is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2021 Royalty Soapie Awards!
Catch Scandal! every weekday at 19:30 PM on eTV to find out who will take over the baton as the hated villain on the show.
Pics of Tbose & Mapitsi’s White Wedding Extravaganza!
Tbose and Mapitsi’s wedding was a rollercoaster ride of mixed emotions!
We’ve known about the pending nuptials between Tbose and Mapitsi for a while now. However, when the episode finally aired, it was a sobfest of note.
Like most weddings, there are always mixed emotions, drama, and a surprise or two in store. Skeem Saam delivered on all of the above and then some.
The wedding provided nostalgic references to the early days of soapie, the journey of the two lovebirds and all of the challenges they had to overcome to walk down the alter.
While the bride and groom were dressed to the nines, it was Kwaito’s dramatic entrance and moving speech that stole the show. Timed to perfection, Zamokuhle burst into the scene just as the priest asked the question if there was anyone who thought that Tbose and Mapitsi should not be joined in holy matrimony.
Pulling our heartstrings, Kwaito gave a heartfelt speech about friendship, and how his bond with Tbose is like that of kinfolk. He’s words serenaded all of those in attendance and received a standing ovation for his effort.
Another highlight of the white wedding included the dance rendition by the groomsman as they tore the dance floor to shreds. Not to be outdone by the groom, Leeto (Eric Macheru), and Katlego (Patrick Seleka), provided a dance routine that sent social media ablaze.
The absence of Mapitsi’s maid of honour, Lizzy (Amanda Manku) could not go unnoticed. Following an emergency at the hospital, she had to miss out on all the festivities. Luckily for Mapitsi, with a last name change also comes the addition of family members that will always pick up the baton whenever one drops it.
Don’t miss the next episode of Skeem Saam every weekday from Monday to Friday at 18:30 on SABC1.