Isibaya: Who’s In & Who’s Out?

Update on Isibaya cast members.

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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.

WHO’S LEAVING…

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.

…WHO’S COMING IN

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.

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