Nandi's magical touch

By Drum Digital
08 May 2016

Actress Nandi Nyembe opens up about being a sangoma, her son’s death and the changing entertainment industry.


From portraying the character of Sister Lizzie Dlamini, an HIV-positive nurse in Soul City, to an old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in Mzansi Magic’s telenovela The Road, this veteran actress has earned her stripes.

Nandi Nyembe is the true definition of a legend, but it hasn’t come easy, she tells us. We meet 65-year-old Mam’Nandi at The Satyagraha House, commonly known as Gandhi’s House, in Orchards.

It belonged to Mahatma Gandhi in 1908 and was later turned into a museum and guesthouse.

She scans the room, and we can see she’s falling in love with the lovely thatched house, especially the portraits and philosophies covering the walls.

She currently plays Ma Mazibuko in’s Ashes to Ashes. And she has a score to settle with the infamous Namane family.

Read more in the May 12th issue of DRUM.

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