Dawn Thandeka King

Dawn Thandeka King leaves ‘Diep City’. Image: @dawnthandeka_king/Instagram

‘It’s been an honour’: Dawn Thandeka King exits ‘Diep City’

Award-winning actress Dawn Thandeka King, who played Thandiwe ‘MaShenge’ Jele has bowed out of ‘Diep City’.

Dawn Thandeka King

Dawn Thandeka King leaves ‘Diep City’. Image: @dawnthandeka_king/Instagram

Talented actress Dawn Thandeka King, who is known as Thandiwe ‘MaShenge’ Jele in DiepCity exited the Black Brain Pictures’ telenovela.

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The former Uzalo actress Dawn Thandeka King’s character Thandiwe ‘MaShenge’ Jele got shot and killed in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Diep City. 

King took to social media to thank her family and Black Brain Productions for the opportunity to play the much-loved role. 

“I say goodbye to yet another amazing woman, Thandie Jele aka MaShenge. It has been an honor to be a vessel to such a powerful character, and I hope she was able to teach through her story,” she wrote.

She is the second actress to exit the telenovela which got cancelled by Mzansi Magic in 2022 after two years on TV. 

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The actress Zikhona Bali, who joined DiepCity two years ago to play Pastor Charleston’s (Chrispen Nyathi) girlfriend Asanda told Sowetan in 2022.

“If it were up to me, I wouldn’t be leaving DiepCity and a character I grew to love. But I understand that it’s the end of the road for Asanda much like all storylines. I’ve never played the role of a pastor’s side chick who’s a criminal; with that role, I had to navigate my feelings on how best to execute Asanda to viewers as authentic as possible. Asanda is dearly loved by those around her because at first, she seemed sweet and angelic only to turn out the exact opposite.”  

Her character currently battles drug addiction and gets involved in dodgy dealings with Charleston.   

“She gets caught up in the land of dodgy dealings with her pastor boyfriend and battling drug addiction… how she’ll exit the show will certainly shake viewers. I’ve loved acting on the set, I’ve loved the people I worked with on the show and playing Asanda, but now I have to step away and find Zikhona again.” 

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