Imbewu’s Nokubonga Khuzwayo is intimated by her character Zakithi

Actress Nokubonga Khuzwayo of Imbewu: The Seed (PHOTO: NOKUKHUZWAYO TWITTER)
Actress Nokubonga Khuzwayo of Imbewu: The Seed (PHOTO: NOKUKHUZWAYO TWITTER)

Actress Nokubonga Khuzwayo tells Move! that in reality, she is gentle and not as antagonistic as her character.


Corporate superior, Zakithi is intimidating and not even Nokubonga can handle her.

“My character is stern and dedicated to her job. Brave and bold, best describe her and she sometimes scares me,” she laughs.

Having grown up in the township of Umlazi, east of KwaZulu-Natal, 35-year-old Nokubonga says she never saw a lot of people who were in corporate and enjoys playing a role she isn’t really familiar with.

“I enjoy playing a character that is not me. I love that she is a corporate giant and leads in a male dominated space in her pencil skirts. Growing up in Umlazi I saw a lot of teachers and policemen. I didn’t know of any CEOs and CFOs,” she adds.


Her role on Imbewu is her first TV role and she says it has been exciting and overwhelming at the same time.

“I had been in theatre all my life and was looking forward to a new challenge. I got nervous when I realised I would be playing a big role and freaked out a bit more when I realised I would be working with the likes of Leleti Khumalo, Mpumelelo Bhulose, Thembi Mtshali-Jones and now Tony Kgoroge. It was surreal,” says the gifted actress.

Even though she has been on the show for more than a year, Nokubonga says the feeling doesn’t gets old.Fans of the show already know that Nokubonga has an identical twin sister, Nokwanda, who plays Futhi. The pair plays sisters on the show and are hard to tell apart. Nokubonga says she has always wanted to act with her sister and is glad the opportunity has availed itself.

Catch Imbewu: The Seed Monday to Friday on e.TV at 21h30