Then there were five – Mphowabadimo is the last woman standing in Big Brother Mzansi

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Michelle Dimpho Mvundla aka Mphowabadimo. Photo: Mzansi Magic
Michelle Dimpho Mvundla aka Mphowabadimo. Photo: Mzansi Magic


On Sunday, Big Brother Mzansi aired its last eviction show before the finale, where three housemates – Gugu Refiloe Bonga, aka Terry Treasure, Ukho “Sis Tamara” Samela and Thato Mokoena were sent packing, losing out on the chance to walk away R2 million richer.

The departure of the trio left only five housemates in the game to compete in next week’s Big Brother Mzansi finale.

Now the contest is between Themba Mabaso, Tulani “Tulz” Madala, Libo Njomba, Brandon “Gash1” Mthombeni and Dimpho “Mphowabadimo” Mvundla, the last woman standing, who fought tooth and nail to compete for the grand prize.

The road to the finale was not an easy one for Mvundla, who has proved to be one of the house’s strongest contenders as the housemates wanted her out.

READ: ‘I could’ve been more assertive' – Venus on her regrets in the Big Brother house

The 27-year-old from Daveyton in Ekurhuleni was constantly up for eviction. However, her fanbase, dubbed The Underground Gang, made sure she survived.

When pleading why she deserved to be in the finale, the sangoma said she was doing it for her son.

Madala, who never faced eviction and Njomba were saved by Mabaso, who won the ultimate veto power. This gave him the power to choose two housemates to take with him to the finale. The three had formed an alliance and fortunately, everyone kept their end of the deal.

Even though they tried smiling and congratulating Mthombeni and Mvundla, one could tell they were not happy. Perhaps they were intimidated by being left with the strongest people who are set to be tough competition.

READ: Nale shares how she avoided romantic relationships in the Big Brother House

Reflecting on her journey, 26-year-old adult content creator and makeup artist from Johannesburg, Bonga said: “I had fun. My highlight was the first day. That set the tone for me, knowing that so many strong personalities were in the house. That tested my true personality.”

She added that she was ready to take over where she and Bongani “Vyno” Sikhukhula left off before he was evicted.

For 25-year-old Samela, a film student from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, being the first to enter the house was very important.

“My highlight was stepping into the house first. Also being queer, I came here for representation and visibility of my community and myself,” they told host Lawrence Maleka.

Mokoena shared an emotional goodbye with her love-interest, Mthombeni before he exited the Big Brother house.

About how the show had affected her, she said: 

[Before this] my life was so busy that I didn’t have time to get into my emotions. I didn’t have time to look at myself. It’s improved me because I’m more self-aware than I ever could have been.

The Big Brother Mzansi finale takes place on Sunday April 3 at 6pm on Mzansi Magic.

One lucky viewer will also win a Renault Duster.


Delivering the 

news you need

+27 11 713 9001
69 Kingsway Rd, Auckland Park
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Show Comments ()
Latest issue
Latest issue
All the news from City Press in PDF form.
Read now
Voting Booth
Consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets as the Reserve Bank has increased the repo rate to 7.25%. How will you try to stretch your rands further?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Rely on discounts
19% - 3 votes
Downgrade lifestyle
75% - 12 votes
Do side hustles
6% - 1 votes