Kaunda Selisho
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
19 Oct 2021
3:32 pm

‘Hlomu The Wife’: Fans react to ‘Skeem Saam’ actress’ new role and they’re not happy

Kaunda Selisho

Days after revealing which actors will be playing the infamous brothers from 'Hlomu The Wife', Showmax has revealed who will be playing Hlomu.

'Skeem Saam' actress Mbalenhle 'Mbali' Mavimbela has been cast as Hlomu in upcoming Showmax drama 'The Wife'. Picture: Twitter

When it comes to literature, South Africa has so few cult classics that you can count them on your hands and Dudu Busani-Dube’s Hlomu The Wife series counts among them. 

This cult classic status was one of the many factors Showmax considered when they backed the development of Hlomu The Wife as a TV series.

While fans were happy to hear about the impending show, they have not been happy about the production team’s casting choices.

Just days after revealing which actors would be playing the infamous brothers from Hlomu The Wife, Showmax has revealed who will be playing Hlomu and fans are bewildered about it. 

They took to social media to react, with many sharing images of their preferred casting choices. 

In addition to Mavimbela, the cast will feature Bonko Khoza as Mqhele, Kwenzo Ngcobo (Imbewu) as Qhawe, Sipho Ndlovu (Isibaya, The Queen) as Sambulo, SA Film and Television Awards (Safta) winner Abdul Khoza (Isibaya, Kings of Jo’Burg) as Nqoba, Mondli Makhoba (Umkhokha, Generations, Imbewu) as Nkosana, Safta-nominee Thulane Nkululeko Shange (Is’thunzi, iNumber Number) as Mqoqi, Ishmauel Songo (Rhythm City, Tsotsi) as Mpande, Swelihle Luthuli (eHostela) as Ntsika. 

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The Wife is being produced by Stained Glass, who’ve created Safta-winning shows like eHostela and Ifalakhe as well as Uzalo, South Africa’s most-watched soap opera.   

Showmax has commissioned three seasons of 40 episodes each, inspired by Dudu’s books ‘Hlomu the Wife’, Zandile the Resolute and Naledi His Love respectively. 

The books follow the lives of the eight Zulu brothers, a formidable crime family, through the eyes of their wives.

Although the series is based on the books, Showmax cautioned those who have read the books not to assume they know what’s coming.