'The River'

‘The River’ actors Hlomla Dandala, Lawrence Maleka and Tango Ncetezo as Zweli, Zolani and Paulina. Images via Twitter @1Magic

‘The River’: 1Magic confirms departures of three actors

Actors Tango Ncetezo, Lawrence Maleka and Hlomla Dandala, who play Paulina, Zolani and Zweli respectively have exited ‘The River’.

'The River'

‘The River’ actors Hlomla Dandala, Lawrence Maleka and Tango Ncetezo as Zweli, Zolani and Paulina. Images via Twitter @1Magic

TVSA reports that actors Hlomla Dandala, Lawrence Maleka, and Tango Ncetezo, who play Zweli Dikana, Zolani Dlamini, and Paulina Mokoena in The River have left the 1Magic telenovela.  

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Actress Tango Ncetezo, who’s been playing Paulina since season one is the third star to exit after entertainment commentator Phil Mphela announced that multi-award-winning actor Lawrence Maleka and Hlomla Dandala, who play Zolani and Zweli in The River have also bid farewell to the telenovela.  

According to TVSA, the channel 1Magic confirmed their exits in a statement:  

“Hlomla Dandala, Lawrence Maleka, and Tango Ncetezo are moving on from the telenovela to new ventures and some storylines have reached an end.  

“As an essential part of The River from the beginning, viewers have enjoyed watching the growth of the actors’ individual characters – Zweli with his often-well-meaning mishaps which sometimes result in dramatic consequences; Zolani with his fierce love and loyalty that at times goes too far; and Paulina whose bold look hides the soft heart of a woman who faces the toughest of battles.”  

“As three of the top performers in the country, they have given viewers plenty to talk about and be entertained by, from storylines that brought out their characters’ dark sides to softer, lighter moments.”   

“We would like to thank Hlomla, Lawrence, and Tango for their priceless contributions to the show, as well as the incredible work that went into giving their characters life. ” 

“They all brought professionalism, dedication, presence, and charisma to the table, and we have loved working with them on the show. We look forward to seeing what their adventure holds,” says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels on M-Net. ” 

Viewers have plenty to enjoy from their characters in the current season 5. Their final scenes will air on various dates in the near future. “    

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“I bet you more actors are going to be leaving… uzobona. At least 3more.”  


“They might as well end it with season six.”  


“TjooooooooooCobra’s lekker Paulinsky so she will never get to be a mother to her son…. Bathong.” 

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