Rhythm City’s Mncedisi Shabangu who plays Khulekani Ngobese was introduced to the show to replace Jamie Bartlett who played the hilariously villainous, David Genaro for more than a decade.
However, Genaro groupies are still not convinced that Shabangu is the best man to replace Genaro even though he’s bagged a SAFTA award as a supporting actor for his current role. They haven’t welcomed or connected with his character yet as they seem perplexed by his acting.
Shabangu is a playwright who’s been acting on stage for many years before bagging his role on ETV’s soapie; Rhythm City. On many occasions, fans have complained about Khulekani looking in the camera like a kid whose trying to remember his lines or a kid who’s just discovered the camera.
A fan wrote: ” Imagine watching Ngobese who can’t even act, the man keeps on looking at the camera, laughs like a hyena and chews like a rabbit, oh no I’d rather watch Idols extra”.
The current storyline has put petrol to the fire when it appeared that their favourite villain; Suffocate Ndlovu was killed by Genaro’s daughter; Pearl Genaro. Fans even swore to stop watching the show if Suffocate was killed. This was however revealed as a dream when Pearl Genero met up with Suffocate for real and offered him a pack of cigarettes instead of taking out a gun from her purse.
Fans are not impressed by Khulekani’s villainy and have resorted to switching off the channel whenever he or his family members: Ziyanda or Nandi appear.
He’s great as a supporting actor but a terrible leader because he’s a lame drug lord, dresses terrible, and he is extremely boring.
The ratings are proof that Rhythm City isn’t doing well since the introduction of Khulekani and his whole family.
The soapie should introduce another villain so that Khulekani could take a step back.