'Shaka Ilembe'

‘Shaka Ilembe’ star Lemogang Tsipa as Shaka. Image via Twitter @LemogangTsipa

‘Shaka Ilembe’ star Lemogang Tsipa posts with snake from episode

Actor Lemogang Tsipa, who debuted on Sunday, 6 August as Shaka shares a picture with the snake from ‘Shaka Ilembe’ episode.

'Shaka Ilembe'

‘Shaka Ilembe’ star Lemogang Tsipa as Shaka. Image via Twitter @LemogangTsipa

Talented actor Lemogang Tsipa, who portrays the character of Shaka in Shaka Ilembe recently shared a picture of himself and the snake from the drama series.

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The thespian Lemogang Tsipa made his highly anticipated debut on Sunday, 6 August as the older Shaka in Shaka Ilembe after rising star Ntando Zondi, who plays the younger Shaka exited the show.

In the episode, Tsipa’s character visited his father King Senzangakhona kaJama (Senzo Radebe) to make amends after he and his mother (Nandi) were kicked out of their home.

His father rejected him once more, labelled him a traitor, who is out to kill him and even swore at his mother Nandi (Nomzamo Mbatha).

Viewers were left shattered and heartbroken for Shaka, and disappointed with Senzangakhona as his son only seeks his father’s approval and love..

While he was on his way back to Qawe, where his mother and sister now resides, a snake passed by Shaka without harming him, and when he wakes up, one can see him almost embracing the snake.

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The actor Lemogang Tsipa revealed to The Citizen that he is unbothered by social media who said he wasn’t the right actor for the role of Shaka in Shaka Ilembe.

“I’m unaffected by that man, all the people that are usually commenters or people that have the most to say have never spent a day on set. They don’t know the intricacies of the film industry and what it takes to really get a great product out.”

Tsipa has been dragged by some social media users as he doesn’t have a Zulu name, while some revealed he doesn’t look as intimidating as Henry Cele, who first played the role of Shaka in the 1986 TV show, Shaka Zulu.

He adds that he’s always been focused on the things that got him to the game, which is studying his work and believing in his craft.

“I think the way in which Shaka built a nation and was able to unite people for one common cause is something we really need as a whole world

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