South African television has more than its fair share of riveting and enthralling, devious drama queens who fascinate and repulse viewers in almost equal measure with their antics. DStv ran a poll on social media to find out who the fans viewed as the most devious leading lady on its telenovelas. Below are the results for the most devious drama queens on television.
1. Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana, The River
Mining mogul Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana who is played by the brilliant Sindi Dlathu on The River was the overwhelming favourite, getting a massive 59 per cent of the vote for the most devious female lead.
The enigmatic mining magnate of Khanyisa’s evil knows no bounds and has an impressive track record of lies, manipulation and murder. She even tried to kill her own biological daughter and fed someone to a lion.
2. Harriet Khoza, The Queen
Most Devious, Evil Drama Queens According To Mzansi
Shrewd and ruthless businesswoman, Harriet Khoza who is played by veteran actress Connie Ferguson, on The Queen came in second with 28.8 per cent of the vote.
Harriet’s calculated and composed nature masks a very steely and vicious nature underneath. She is willing to do anything to protect her interests and has gone as far as killing her own husband. The businesswoman does not seem to have any lines that she is unwilling to cross in order to further her plans.
3. Thati Ndaba, Gomora
Socialite Thati Ndaba who is played by Katlego Danke on Gomora came in third with 8.5 per cent of the vote for the most devious leading lady in Mzansi
Thati’s quest for fame and fortune, saw her dumping her true love for the money and bright lights of Sandton. Unfortunately for her, life had other ideas, she suffers a humiliating fall from grace which sees her crashing back to her former home in Alexandra township after a series of unfortunate events.
However, this only pushes the conniving queen bee to fight even harder to reclaim her former privileged position and woe to anyone who in some way contributed to her fall from grace.
4. Bridgette October, Suidooster
Scheming Bridgette October who is played by Denise Newman on Suidooster came in fourth with 5.7 per cent of the vote.
Bridgette has her eye on the pulse of everything that happens at her Suidooster Sentrum in Ruiterbosch. While she’s not one to get her hands dirty, her treasure trove of secrets and ingenious plans provides her with the upper hand every time.
5. Mkabayi Zungu, Isibaya
The tough-talking, AK47-wielding aunty, Mkabayi Zungu who is played by Thembi Nyandeni on Isibaya gets an honourable mention. Mkabayi believes in family, tradition and business – and woe to anyone that tries to mess with hers.
After being forced into a high-profile public and political involvement with the taxi business, she showed just what she was made of by slinging her gun alongside the men in her community during a street fight.