Former Isibaya duo find new home with The Queen

Menzi Ngubane.Picture: Lucky Nxumalo
Menzi Ngubane.Picture: Lucky Nxumalo

Barely two months after leaving drama series Isibaya, Jessica Nkosi and veteran actor Menzi Ngubane have found a new home on Mzansi Magic’s most watched show, The Queen.

Nkosi, who portrayed the loveable heroine Qondi in Isibaya, had told City Press that she was leaving for greener pastures.

Ngubane, who played Judas, had his character killed off in the drama series.

The Queen currently boasts a viewership of more than 2-million.

On Saturday, the production company confirmed in a statement that Nkosi and Ngubane were among the new five faces who will be introduced in season five, which promises to be full of surprises.

Read: Jessica Nkosi says bye to Isibaya

“We will be introducing a new family in season five – a father and two daughters – who are going to be a thorn in someone’s flesh!” said the show’s executive producer Connie Ferguson.

Although she didn’t reveal much on their characters, she did give away the fact that Nkosi and Ngubane would be playing the father-daughter characters. 

Ferguson added: “Get ready to be taken on an emotional roller coaster ride. We are very excited about the talent that will be joining the show. We can confirm that we have five new leads coming on board, and one return that we like to call the comeback kid – that’s SK Khoza.”

The Fergusons Films has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, with an exodus of actors seemingly leaving on a bad note.

The latest is Dineo Langa, who was allegedly fired recently. However, Connie and Shona Ferguson have refuted the claims, saying Langa’s contract was not terminated as she was still on the payroll until the end of this month.

Langa has kept mum. Shona, the co-executive producer of The Queen, admitted that there had been a negative narrative driven around some of the people who have left the show.

“I suppose that is testament to how invested people are in our characters and our stories, and more importantly in the show itself, The Queen.

The reality is that in the nature of story-telling, especially in long form, characters come and go. Some are designed to stay for a foreseeable future, and some to serve a specific story arc, exit and maybe return at a later stage, depending on how the story develops.

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Jessica Nkosi .Picture:Lucky Nxumalo

This is the case with all shows, and is not exclusive to The Queen,” he said. 

Last month, the Fergusons raised their concerns and frustrations to their cast and crew members about how the Covid-19 national lockdown had affected the shooting schedule and that they were running out of funds.But it seems MultiChoice heard their cry as it has contracted Fergusons for a new season.

Connie welcomed the great news. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to produce another season of The Queen.

This show has been a blessing for many, cast and crew. In an industry where creatives are scrambling for work, we are humbled and honoured to be in a position where we are able to employ close to 100 crew, cast and production staff.

“What we do is not easy as there are so many expectations from everybody and it’s just not possible to please everyone,” she said.

Mzansi Magic head of public relations and publicity, Philly Kubheka, said they were excited that one of the channel’s most loved telenovelas was set to feature South African legends who would add greater authenticity and flavour to the storyline.

 “One of the reasons that this imaginative South African drama series captured the hearts and minds of the Mzansi Magic audience is because of its diverse and impeccable talent,” Kubheka said.

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