The River Hlomla Dandala Zweli Dikana

Actor Hlomla Dandala as Zweli Dikana in ‘The River. Images via Instagram: @officialhlomladandala

‘Call off Zweli’s death’: ‘The River’ viewers react to Hlomla exiting

Viewers of ‘The River’ feel that Lindiwe Dikana will not survive the heartbreak that will follow after her husband Zweli dies on the show.

The River Hlomla Dandala Zweli Dikana

Actor Hlomla Dandala as Zweli Dikana in ‘The River. Images via Instagram: @officialhlomladandala

Actor and producer Hlomla Dandala (Zweli Dikana on The River) has confirmed that he is leaving the 1Magic telenovela The River after five seasons.

Hlomla said in an Instagram story that “The end of an actors time on a long running show is bitter-sweet. Wishing my colleagues a smooth fruitful run. You will be missed”.

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After Entertainment Commentator Kgopolo Mphela announced that Hlomla has exited the hit 1Magic show, viewers expressed how the show did not utilise his talent.

Although Phil (as he is affectionately known) did not divulge the details of his death, viewers were quick to point out a flash forward to season 5 episode 1, where Mabutho (Thembinkosi Mthembu) ‘accidentally kills’ him in a bathroom.

Viewers did not like the confirmation of Zweli’s death so they have resorted to pleading with the writers of the show to call off his death.

“Dear buti Hlomla, ausi Sindi & The River people. What is this death thing you’re doing? This duo gives such performance excellence; their dynamic does the things????Can we pls call off Zweli’s death, so, please report for duty for S6. Both Of You! I’m begging”

Said @IamElyGreen on Twitter

@JustOneRedRose said, “Took long enough. This is one character they didn’t know what to do with since since season one. They always failed him. I feel like they kept the actor this long because they felt responsible for his pay cheque since they poached him from Scandal”.

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This telenovela that once had people on the edge of their seats has been called ‘boring’ while the writers of the show are said to have dropped the ball.

@rosa_mantic said, I used to be a gomora, #theriver1magic, the queen watcher, daily! I gave up on the other two but foolish me has been hanging on hope for the river, just bcz of its before Thumbezas cast. It’s time I prioritize my sanity and let this telenovela be. It’s not mine to preserve.”

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