Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela has revealed seasoned actor Bonko Khoza, who played Mqhele Zulu in Showmax’s telenovela. The Wife seasons one and two has been replaced with actor Wiseman Mncube, who plays Sibonelo in Uzalo .

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Mphela also previously announced that the character of Mqhele Zulu is being recast as actor Bonko Khoza has bid farewell to The Wife.

The #5amgang took to social media this afternoon to congratulate SAFTA-winning actor Wiseman Mncube, who plays Sibonelo in Uzalo
for bagging the role.

Stained Glass TV which produces The Wife confirmed his exit with Drum Magazine:

“Stained Glass, the production company behind The Wife, has confirmed that Bonko Khoza, who played Mqhele in the first two seasons, isn’t returning in Season 3 of the record-breaking, Twitter-topping Showmax Original telenovela. They’re currently casting for his replacement.”

When the new season starts in November, Gaisang K Noge will be in the lead as doctor Naledi Montsho, who is in love with Qhawe Zulu.

Series producer Kamogelo Aphane says it is expected that fans will find it hard to adjust to the new Mqhele.

“We know fans are going to find it hard to let go of their picture of Mqhele as Bonko, just as they found it hard, when he was the first cast, to let go of the bug-eyed Mqhele they had pictured from the book ”

“But The Wife has shown that when you go looking for new talent in South Africa, you find it. So we encourage the 5 am club to open up their hearts to the next Mqhele and help us continue to open up the industry.”


Popular actor Wiseman Ncube, who’s been playing the villainous role of Sibonelo in Uzalo for several seasons has taken a break from the soapie to film Bomb Productions’ series Shaka Ilembe.

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He stars alongside Isibaya’s Nomzamo Mbatha, The Queen’s Ntando Duma, and The River’s Thembinkosi Mthembu among others.

The series, Shaka Ilembe is currently being filmed in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. It is set to air in 2023.

Other actors who will not be part of season three include Mbali Mavimbela, who played Hlomu Zulu, Khanyi Mbau, who played Zandile Zulu, Zikhona Sodlaka, who played Mandisa Zulu as well as his Mondli Mkhoba who played Nkosana Zulu.

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