Siyabonga Shibe addresses Uzalo departure rumours

Siyabonga plays Qhabanga Khumalo on the popular drama series.
Siyabonga plays Qhabanga Khumalo on the popular drama series.
Siyabonga Shibe/Instagram

Veteran actor Siyabonga Shibe has spoken up on rumours alleging he has been fired from SABC1’s popular soapie, Uzalo.

Siyabonga plays Nkunzi’s (Masoja Msiza) half-brother, Qhabanga Khumalo, and has done so for four seasons. He was first introduced as a corrupt policeman, but Qhabanga has now converted to KwaMashu’s good pastor.

The actor claims he’s been inundated with calls following reports of rumours that he and fellow castmate, Dawn Thandeka King would be leaving the show. He recently took to Instagram to set the record straight.

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“I had so many calls wanting to know whether I have been fired from the @uzalo_sabc1 or not”, Siyabonga wrote.

“I have been ignoring the issue for too long now, I want to put it on record that me and my producers are in a good space and there was never any fights for whatever reason [sic].

“We are concentrating on delivering a good product for @mzansi_fosho since this covid19 has affected many [sic].”

Siyabonga expressed that these unfounded claims do not only affect his fans and those of the show, but also his family.

“I repeat I have never fought with anyone and I have not been booted out as some reporting claim [sic],” he said.

See Shibe’s post below:

The production also recently joined the growing list of local TV shows halting production due to Covid-19.

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SABC confirmed in a statement to TshisaLive that production would be shutting down and they will “follow all the necessary protocols”.

SABC further said that broadcast of the soapie would however not be affected and it will continue to air.

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