'Uzalo' denies firing actor who plays Khathaza

Sibonile Ngubane. (Photo: Uzalo SABC 1 Facebook)
Sibonile Ngubane. (Photo: Uzalo SABC 1 Facebook)

Cape Town - SABC 1 drama Uzalo has denied reports that actor Sibonile Ngubane, who plays Khathaza, has been fired from the show. However, they have confirmed that he is leaving the show.

The soapie’s public relations officer Nomfundo Zondi told Move! that the character’s storyline had come to an end. Nomfundo was not forthcoming about when the character will be making his last appearance on screens.

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"The storyline, to be clear, always had a beginning and an end. We knew when we started, how and when Khathaza would make his exit. Any implications that he was fired from the Uzalo production is mischievous and a talent of Mr Ngubane's caliber deserves much better," she said.

"Once again, we thank him for being part of the Uzalo family, and for sharing his towering talent with us."

It has been reported that he will be replaced by Jason Zikalala who will play a similar role. Speaking to Isolezwe, the actor didn’t want to talk about the issue and denied any knowledge of being fired.

"Who told you about that? I don’t know what you’re talking about,”"he was quoted saying by the newspaper when asked about his exit from the soapie.

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Sibonile says he doesn’t want to spoil things for viewers. They must watch to see how and when he will exit the show.

The show is not new to controversies surrounding firing actors. They let go of one of the biggest characters GC who was played by Khaya Dladla for allegedly speaking out about his salary. After making some changes, Sihle Ndaba’s character, Smangele, was written off.

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