'Some friends just want your life' – actress Sthandwa Nzuza on playing Dr Zandile

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Durban Gen actress, Sthandwa Nzuza.
Durban Gen actress, Sthandwa Nzuza.

Oversharing with friends can be dangerous  especially when there are traces of envy, competition and jealousy.

It is even worse when you are close friends who happen to be colleagues too. Will boundaries be respected? 

This is a lesson that actress Sthandwa Nzuza is spreading in her role on Durban Gen. 

“Some friends just want your life,” the actress tells Drum.  

She plays Dr Zandile Mkhize on the etv telenovela. On the show, her and her close friend, Dr Precious Dlamini, real name Lihle Dhlomo, are butting heads.


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“Dr Zandile is one hell of a woman, she is very sneaky woman,” Sthandwa says.

She is stirring the pot. Not only on the show but for viewers at home who might be in compromising friendships.

“It is going to be an eye-opener for friends not to be too open about their private lives because it can be used against them when someone wants something,” Sthandwa says.

It isn't the first time that she plays a character that crawls under people's skin. Her first big role on Mzansi Magic's Ifalakhe made her quite memorable.


"I remember meeting a girl and her mother in a retail store. It was so strange," Sthandwa says. 

When the girl saw the Inanda born actress, she ran around the store. 

"She was screaming but it was like she didn't want to scream, it was so confusing until her mother told me that she loved me but was afraid of the character I played, Queen Nomvula. I had to explain that I am Sthandwa, she can relax," she laughs.

Being on a telenovela is a first for the actress, who says this is a climb into the industry she does not take for granted.

After 10 years of being an Ukhozi FM radio host, Sthandwa decided to put her drama qualification to good use a few years ago.


It is a decision she does not regret at all. “When I left radio and TV came along, I thought it should have happened a long time ago but everything has its time and this is God’s timing in my career,” she tells us.

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Fate has been leading her this way for a long time, starting from when she had to choose what to study.

“I wanted to study food technology, but I was told there was no space as the application was late. The only other available course was drama studies,” Sthandwa says.

Staying home and not doing anything was not an option for her. She enrolled for the course and surprised herself.

“Growing up, I was really shy,” she says. But she studied and flourished. She came into her own with the drama classes. 

“Here I am now, the rest is history,” she says.

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