‘Uzalo’ actress Baby Cele as Gabisile. Image via Twitter @Uzalo_SABC1

‘What an honour’: ‘Uzalo’ bids farewell to Baby Cele

SABC1’s most-watched soapie, ‘Uzalo’ bids farewell to actress Baby Cele, who portrays the role of Gabisile Mdletshe.


‘Uzalo’ actress Baby Cele as Gabisile. Image via Twitter @Uzalo_SABC1

Legendary actress Baby Cele, who joined Uzalo in season four has exited the soapie as Gabisile Mdletshe.


SABC’s long running soapie, Uzalo on Friday, 15 March confirmed actress Baby Cele’s departure from the show.

The soapie thanked Cele for her contribution to the show over the years and wished her well on her future plans.

“Thank you so much @babycele__ for sharing your incredible gift with us. What an honour is has been to have you as a part of the team.”

“Your work ethic, professionalism and warmth set you apart,” said the soapie on social media.

Cele is the second star to leave the show in season ten after Wiseman Mncube, who portrayed her son Sibonelo.

Mncube has joined Mzansi Magic’s My Brother Keeper after his Uzalo character got killed at the end of season nine.


The actress, Baby Cele told IOL this week that it was her decision to leave the Uzalo after six years and emphasised “it was time”.

“I joined the show in October 2017 and ever since I have portrayed the character of Gabisile, I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, as an actress you cannot play a character for too long, so I decided it was time to spread my wings,” she said.

The Blood and Water actress also left Uzalo in 2021 and returned after a well-deserved break. She’s reportedly set leaving for good this time.

Cee adds that she’s played Gabisile for so many years, that the character became part of her life. Leaving the role feels like she’s lost a part of her.

“Uzalo was and will forever be my home, I was loved in the production, I had family, and I was respected. We worked well together, I had family, I was respected, and we worked well together,” she said.

In the storyline, Gabisile divorced her husband, Nkunzi (Masoja Msiza) after their son’s (Sibonelo) death. She also resigned from her job at the fictional radio station and left KwaMashu on Friday, 15 March episode.