She grew up on our screens as the youngest child on one of TV’s favourite families, the Ngemas on eTV’s Scandal.
Lindiwe Ngema, played by Nomvelo Makhanya, went through it all.
She loved and got her heart broken, she was on the verge of stardom but made the wrong choices and lost it all.
Then she was like any typical South African woman, working at a restaurant in the evenings while she studied during the day. Then she met the man of her dreams and they lived a soft life, but that too was not without its difficulties.
She became the owner of a club and married Nhlamulo, played Mpho Sibeko.
Nhlamulo and Lindiwe recently became pregnant, a dream come true for the beautiful couple. But disturbingly, Lindiwe started feeling abnormally ill and found out that she had a chronic illness.
As her condition worsened, she was forced into a choice between the survival of her baby or having an abortion to ensure her own survival. Lindiwe decided that after all she had gone through in life, she would take the risk of keeping her baby, and fight to the bitter end.
In 2021, she opened up to Drum about healing from being cyberbullied, developing a thick skin and moving on with her life.
"I was bullied about my head a lot in high school and they also bullied me about my voice saying I could not sing. So when that cyberbullying happened, it just took me back there. I have had to unlearn a lot of things and what I can say is that I know that I am beautiful.
“It makes me feel so good that other young people can heal through what I experienced and that they can work on their insecurities and get better. So, I am happy about turning poison into medicine. I have learnt that when a person bullies you, it is often less about you and more about them. Now I have learnt not to entertain everything I see on the socials."
Tonight, her last episode will air, after nine years with the production.
Here are some of her most epic scenes in the last nine years.
1. When she pleaded with her ancestors to return her father.
2. When she went to the police about information she had that could help with an investigation.
3. When she had to make the toughest decision of her life, to save her unborn baby or herself.
5. When she planned to take her own life and posted a video online, detailing her plans.
Scandal! airs weekdays at 7.3pm on Etv.