Scandal viewers can finally breathe a huge sigh of relief as their favourite actor Patrick Mofokeng who portrayed Mlungisi Mathe is back with a bang.
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Initially, viewers thought he was dead, but he is back to shake things up, and this is the content we signed up for. After leaving the show he went on to play Mandla Cele in Lingashoni for eleven months, but he has decided to return to the show. Avid viewers of the show were constantly captivated by his acting prowess on the show, and no one saw it coming that he would be dumping the show as he was one of the actors who were carrying the show on her shoulders.
According to SowetanLIVE, Mofokeng said he is happy to be back after seven years of mysteriously disappearing. “When I left Scandal!, I needed [the] break. I needed to refresh and do other things after doing Scandal! for slightly over seven years. While away, I was really happy to be doing something different but now I am really happy to be back. For how long, I don’t know,” said Mofokeng.
As a result of his improper exit, the show’s producers wanted him back. He said he became so engrossed in the character that he thought he actually became Mlungisi.
“I had embraced Mlungisi’s character so much that I think I became him. I would even come across people who would say how much I remind them of their own fathers or something like that. I became more of Mlungisi than King Sibiya from Zone 14.”
He said when he got back he realized how much he missed his on-screen family. “When I left Scandal!, I really wanted to go but the day I went back I realised how much I missed them and my on-screen family. Lindiwe and Omphile have literally become my children and I missed the fun of creating magic. People can expect to be shocked about the revelations surrounding my return,” he said.
Speaking about the role of Mondla Cele on Lingashoni, the 53 year old actor said he enjoyed the challenge that came with playing it. “And it was difficult, I must admit because I am one person. But I tried to make Mandla a bit different because he was speaking more English on the show, the movement and all the significant signs. Mlungisi is a rigid Zulu man.
“I have enjoyed the challenge of portraying Mandla, enjoyed the character and it’s been well received. Although I think it was on the wrong channel, looking at the story and the actors involved – but it’s been a great journey for me
Another actor that many viewers would be happy if he was to return to the show is Hungani Ndlovu who played the role of Romeo. A Sunday tabloid reported that the actor was apparently fired but the show debunked the rumours.