Bootylicious Imbewu actress Phindile Gwala has reportedly been fired from the popular eTV show. According to City Press the actress has been failing to deliver on her acting skills hence producers of the show decided to give her marching orders.
The actress portrays the fiery character of Fikile and she joined the show in 2020. Fikile left viewers on the edge of their collective seats during her debut speaking at Ngcolosi’s funeral. Viewers were intrigued by her and wondered who she was.
Her character won the hearts of many people with the drama, but sadly she couldn’t win the hearts of the new producers due to her poor performance.
“Phindile’s on-screen character was being struck off because of her craft competence. The producers have it that her talent is not what the showrunners expected out of her. However, it was revealed that the new producers were not very impressed, so they did not want to keep her,” said a source.
Phindile rose to superstardom when she played the character of Nonny on SABC 2 soapie Muvhango. We wonder what’s next for her now. Another character exiting the show is apparently Muzi Mthabela, who plays the role of Menzi. In real life, the actor is a Christian and he is apparently unimpressed with playing a womanizer.
Thapelo Ramatsui, spokesperson for Imbewu The Seed, confirmed that the two actors will leave the soapie, but said that it will be a brief break.
“They are on a hiatus from the show … They want to explore other avenues, such as other work opportunities. Durban is quite a stretch, so if they want to pursue other interests in Johannesburg, we give them leeway to pursue other projects and possibly come back. We did not fire anyone,” Ramatsui said.
Muzi won the hearts of many people on Isibaya when he played the much loved character of Duma. He exited the show after it was reported that it would not be renewed for a ninth season due to a decline in viewership.
He thanked everyone who supported him on the show. “To every casting director who ever had faith in me isandla sedlula ikhanda. My fellow thespians (ezakwa Ndlovu) Bheki Mkhwane and Bhuti Bongani Gumede. For your contribution in my craft Ngiyabonga. A very special thanks to a brother that’s special to me @sdumo.mtshali for ALWAYS pushing me To go further. Ngiyabonga. “Forget the Words and search for your truth” you would say.
I learnt a lot from @andilemx. Your passion for acting is visible. To the entire cast @gcinagrace engisebenze nabo Thank you for the love and tips. The crew of Isibaya… I love you guys. You ALWAYS encouraged me magenge. You made me. You loved me. Ngiyabonga. To the writers… CHEERS Thank you for loving Duma.” he said.
We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.