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Menzi Ngubane: The Charming Villain

Menzi Ngubane, the South African actor who died on 13 March aged 56, was a villain who drilled a permanent spot in many viewers’ hearts. St...

Menzi Ngubane, the South African actor who died on 13 March aged 56, was a villain who drilled a permanent spot in many viewers’ hearts.

Styled by the media as the loktion banger, Ngubane was an adaptable character, who depicted every character with poise. 

His ability to execute a silky villain in numerous roles acquired him a huge faithful following during his expansive acting vocation.

By @Comic24Derick

To loyalists, his most prominent role was Sibusiso Dlomo in the oldest South African soap opera, Generations on SABC, with a character spanning eleven years. 

And during prime time, millions of viewers were glued to their screens to see how the tough character would plot his audacious moves to thwart his enemies.

True to his township upbringing, he sought to perfect the gangster vibe, seeking to get his way, even if at a cost of lives. Ngubane’s acting personality revealed him as a hideous persona, who was willing to win, despite the consequences. 

To some, he was the African equivalent of Samuel L. Jackson, the American gun-toting actor, who shoots for fun and always gets away with sin.
The late Menzi Ngubane
Interestingly, the two actors were friends. “Yesterday I had a long overdue telephone call with my long-time friend @samuelljackson. There’s an exciting project he’s working on with his partners, and I must say I’m thrilled to contribute to it #inmycountry,” Ngubane posted on Instagram eight weeks back.

Born in 1964, Ngubane was a natural and talented actor, according to Angus Gibson, a film director.

“When I first met him, he came into my office, it was after Yizo 1 and he said if there’s Yizo 2, I have to be in it I looked at this guy and the thing about Menzi he is an astonishing charming person.”

“He made an impression. So when Yizo 2 came along, we organised an audition and he auditioned. He did one audition and I looked at it and it was clear he is the man,” Gibson told Sowetan Live.

Other roles he played were in Ashes to Ashes, Gold Diggers and Heist. In Isibaya, he played Judas, a taxi firm manager with a dubious past. He also starred in How to Steal 2 Million, alongside John Kani, Terry Pheto and Rapulana Seiphemo. 

Despite his kidney ailment, he continued to entertain his followers, until his death caused by a stroke.

Viewers believe his legacy will not be filed easily. “More heart-breaking news for our nation as we learn that actor Menzi Ngubane is no more and the same about Noxolo Maqashalala. Heartfelt condolences to their families, friends, colleagues and loved ones,” tweeted Professor Thuli Mdonsela.

Jerusalem hit maker, Master KG also mourned the actor. “Always Been A Fan Of Your Great Work #RIPMenziNgubane.” And Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) commissar and MP, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was gutted by the sad news. “This is heart-breaking.”

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