President’s daughters to star in new South African sitcom

2011-07-13 00:00

TWO of President Jacob Zuma’s daughters are to play leading roles in a new South African sitcom, exploring the lives, relationships, loves and dramas facing four young black women.

Gugulethu and Nokuthula Zuma are two of the four actresses starring in the show It’s For Life, which airs on Mzansi Magic’s (DStv channel 107) at 7 pm on Friday.

It’s the first time that the two sisters have starred in a sitcom, and they bring to their roles a wealth of experience.

Nokuthula studied at AFDA in Cape Town, majoring in acting for film and graduating with a BA in live performance. After working in educational theatre she spent much of 2010 touring the country with Durban playwright Neil Coppen’s award-winning one-woman show Tin Bucket Drum.

Gugulethu also graduated with a BA degree in live performance — with the best actress award — from AFDA in 2006. Since then she has appeared on the small screen in shows like Interrogation Room and Isidingo.

In It’s a Life Gugulethu plays Coco, an events co-ordinator and a so-called “coconut” by choice.

She actively distances herself from her Zulu roots while embracing 21st century urban living with a passion.

Nokuthula’s character, Jabu, is an aspiring radio DJ who lives for music and simply cannot be boxed into any kind of stereotype.

Starring alongside them are Nkuli Sibeko-Bortman, as Zanele and Thalitha Ndima, as Sam. Zanele is an accountant, the

quiet one of the foursome, and is always supporting her boyfriend, Sthe’s (Bonga Dlamini) outlandish money-making schemes.

Sam, meanwhile, is a doctor doing community service. She’s outgoing, a tomboy, always in- your-face and a self-professed bachelorette.

Other members of the cast are Charles Bougenous as Brad and Mitchell Khan as Chad.

— Arts Editor.

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