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‘The Wife’ fans cannot believe Hlomu’s putting everything on the line for Mqhele. Image via Twitter @PhilMphela

‘Wrong Zandile’: ‘The Wife’ fans are furious Khanyi Mbau joined the series

Viewers are unhappy that Khanyi Mbau has landed the role as the wife of Nkosana ( Zandile) on Showmax’s telenovela, ‘The Wife’.

The Wife Hlomu

‘The Wife’ fans cannot believe Hlomu’s putting everything on the line for Mqhele. Image via Twitter @PhilMphela

Viewers of Showmax’s first telenovela, The Wife are requesting for producers to recast Khanyi Mbau’s latest character, Zandile (the wife of Nkosana).  

This is after entertainment commentator, Phil Mphela announced that the actress-socialite has joined the hit series.  


Actress-musician Khanyi Mbau has joined the cast of The Wife season two as Nkosana’s wife, Zandile.  

Mbau will play the role of Nkosana’s wife and will debut in February 2022 when season two begins.  

Readers of Hlomu: The Wife books series have stated that another actress would’ve fitted the role as Mbau is not suitable for the role.   

Viewers of the telenovela are also asking for fresh faces and feel that many upcoming actors who are as talented as Mbau and are not given opportunities in the industry.   

Mbau’s fans have however defended her by saying that she will kill the role as she’s a great actress and fits the description of Zandile to the tee.   

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Actor Mondli Makhoba bagged his first lead in The Wife which debuted last month (11 November) on Showmax.   

Makhoba is elated to finally land this role as he’s graced our TV screens as a supporting cast for several shows for years.   

He’s popularly known for his role as The General (Jack Mabaso’s hitman) on Generations: The Legacy.   

He also features on Mzansi Magic’s Sunday night drama series, Umkhokha, and previously joined’s soapie, Imbewu: The Seed, etc  

The actor told TimesLIVE that his new character of Nkosana has seen him tap into other elements that his fans have not seen in him yet.  

“I’ve done different shows, but I’ve never had a character like Nkosana’s and it’s the first time I’m playing a lead.”  

Makhoba also adds that his character is similar to him as he is also the eldest sibling in his family just like Nkosana.  

“Nkosana is a very angry somebody, he’s a beast, he’s a monster but he leads from behind up until he loses his son.”  

He also describes Nkosana as ruthless, and a killer who loves his family and will do anything to protect his family.  

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“So vele vele there are no new and upcoming actresses who were the best candidates for the role?”  


“I know the book and the show aren’t the same step by step but guys?”

“Khanyi is definitely not a Zandile, Zandile is a plain Jane in the book I would’ve loved someone different for the role, Khanyi would kill Oletta’s role.”


“Zandile is not a plain Jane in the book. She described Hlomu that way whereas yena she was glamorous.”  


“But let’s be frank not for Zandiles role, most of Khanyi’s roles are of a woman who’s carefree and out there and Zandile is definitely not that.”

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