He was the perfect villain. With a career spanning over 32 years, he could bring any character to life and he was one of the most celebrated actors in the country.
Veteran actor Menzi Ngubane’s talent was unmatched. He had unforgettable roles in some of the biggest soapies and series in the country.
From a cutthroat businessman to a ruthless villain, Menzi has played them all – and in celebration of his life and his unforgettable work, we have compiled a list of 7 of his most memorable TV characters.
1. Cijimpi on Kwakhala Nyonini
In 1988, Menzi shot to stardom when he was cast as Cijimpi on SABC 1 drama Kwakhala Nyonini.
2. Mazwi on Ubambo Lwami
It’s the show that brought us the infamous phrase, ‘Pha woo!’. Menzi Ngubane played the dangerous Mazwi on SABC 1 mini-series Ubambo Lwami in 1989.
3. Jerome on Gaz’lam
He cemented himself as the villain no one wanted to mess with was on full display in SABC 1’s Gaz’lam in 2002.
4. Elliot on Yizo Yizo
Yizo Yizo was one of the biggest shows to play on SABC 1 and it became internationally acclaimed. Menzi was also part of the cast from season 2 and played the character of Elliot in 2001.
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5. Sbusiso Dlomo on Generations
In one of his most iconic roles, Menzi played Sbusiso Dlomo aka Ngamla on SABC 1’s Generations. He was part of the former cast members who were eventually fired after striking for better wages and access to their royalties.
6. Judas on Isibaya
Making his debut on Mzansi Magic, Menzi acted as ruthless taxi boss Judas Ngwenya in season 4-8 of Isibaya.
7. Detective Nkonzo Mazibuko Ashes to Ashes
His most recent role was on e.TV drama Ashes to Ashes as detective Nkonzo Mazibuko.