There will never be another Menzi Ngubane because whenever Menzi Ngubane took on a role, he made you believe every character, he was a beast and made the script come alive…
Here are Menzi Ngubane’s 4 iconic-villainous roles:
1. Mazwi in Ubambo Lwami
It was in 1989 when Ngubane invented the phrase “Pha woo” in a show that was based on a love-triangle between David, Bheka and Thoko’s gangster brother, Mazwi.
2. Jerome on Gazlam
Jerome was the first real villainous role that opened up his string of the bad boys he’s played on other shows in TV.
3. Sibusiso “Ngamla” Dhlomo on Generations
When Generations was still Generations! Menzi played Ngamla, an alcoholic father and husband who disapproved of his gay son. He was married to Ntombi and they had the most beautiful relationship on TV in the 90’s.
Other iconic roles on the show during his time were Seputla Sebogodi who played Kenneth Mashaba. Mashaba invented the phrase “abore hwa”. Sadly Generations hasn’t been the same since the 16 Generations actors exited the show.
4. Judas Ngwenya on Isibaya
His longest, villainous role on TV was perhaps on Isibaya where he played Judas Ngwenya for four seasons. Judas was a ruthless, heartless taxi boss who killed whoever got in his way. He’s the one that ended Thandeka Zungu’s life, played by the legendary Nomzamo Mbatha. The war between the Ngwenyas and Zungus blew up when Juda’s daughter fell in love with Jabulani Zungu. Judas wanted nothing to do with the Zungu’s but his daughter was adamant they make peace. In the end, his own son killed him because Judas killed his daughter-in-law.
Here were some comments from his fans and industry mates on social media:
— siyasamkela (@siyamtitshana) March 13, 2021
SABCNews is reporting that Menzi Ngubane has passed away 😭💔
— TK_Nala (@ThokozaniNala) March 13, 2021
A beast! One of a kind. A brilliant artist. A legend.
As the nation’s heart breaks. It truly is Unbelievable! Rest in Power King Menzi Ngubane 💔 pic.twitter.com/SKhiBZu73l
— Bontle (@BontleModiselle) March 13, 2021
This is Menzi Ngubane ladies and gentlemen. pic.twitter.com/9Ws8cRgF09
— Cole 🇿🇦 (@ThisIsColbert) March 13, 2021