Menzi Ngubane’s The Queen debut delayed due to health reasons

Menzi Ngubane’s debut in The Queen has been delayed to give him more time to focus on his health.
Menzi Ngubane’s debut in The Queen has been delayed to give him more time to focus on his health.
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Menzi Ngubane’s debut in Mzansi Magic’s The Queen has been delayed to give him more time to focus on his health.  The veteran actor was set to start filming season 5 of the hit telenovela in July.

He was set to join the show alongside Rapulana Seiphemo, Jessica Nkosi and Ntando Duma.

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In a recent statement it was revealed that Ferguson Films “has been aware of the challenges Mr Ngubane has faced with his health and, through constant communication with him and his family, was kept abreast of his condition”.

The Ngubane family have requested the actor be given time to focus on his health and recovery. This comes after he was hospitalised in May due to complications related to previous surgery.

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“We were very excited when we announced that Menzi will be joining The Queen family as he brings with him a wealth of experience,” said Connie Ferguson, one of the show’s executive producers. “We will continue keeping them in our prayers and supporting them on this journey. [We] wish Menzi strength to continue fighting the good fight, and come back stronger than ever.”

“We can’t wait for him to make his return soon to entertain our viewers with his charismatic acting skills and screen presence,” co-executive producer Shona Ferguson added.

The health of their talent is a priority, said Nomsa Philiso, channel director for local entertainment channels at M-Net. “We at Mzansi Magic have been devastated by the news of Ngubane’s health challenges and would like to wish him a speedy recovery.

“The health and wellbeing of our talent remains a priority and we commend Ferguson Films for taking all the necessary precautions to allow him to focus on his health.”

The Ngubane family have also expressed great gratitude to all who’ve been concerned about his wellbeing and appreciate their prayers. They’ve asked for privacy to allow them to focus on the actor’s recovery.