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Actor Vusi Kunene in ‘Shaka Ilembe’. Images via Twitter @Jabu_Macdonald

‘Shaka Ilembe’ Fans: ‘Vusi Kunene is fluent in Tsonga, Venda, Zulu’

‘Shaka Ilembe’ fans took to social media on Sunday, 6 August to praise actor Vusi Kunene, who plays the role of a Tsonga king in the series.

'Shaka Ilembe'

Actor Vusi Kunene in ‘Shaka Ilembe’. Images via Twitter @Jabu_Macdonald

Award-winning actor Vusi Kunene, who debuted in Shaka Ilembe on Sunday, 6 August impressed South Africans with his ability to speak Tsonga fluently.

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The House of Zwide actor Vusi Kunene, who is famously known for speaking English and isiZulu in his TV roles impressed Shaka Ilembe viewers, where he portrays the role of a Tsonga king known as King Makhasana.

Kunene’s fans also revealed on social media that that the legendary actor is fluent in TshiVenda, Xitsonga and isiZulu.

He stars alongside Umkhokha: The Curse actress Hope Mbhele, who portrays the role of Baleka, who was a healer for the Mthethwa King Jobe and later King Makhasana of the Mabhudu.

In the episode, Baleka is seen pleading with King Makhasana to save Dingiswayo, who is a fugitive captured by the Tsonga tribe.

Mbhele’s character is King Dingiswayo’s (Thembinkosi Mthembu) love interest in the Mzansi Magic drama series.

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@GeorgeBeatsSA: “It was clear that he was very comfortable with the language, and he spoke it with such fluency and naturalness.”

@u_noziphos: “I heard him on House of Zwide, he can speak Venda. Side note, where can I learn other languages guys? A mini school nyana?”

Actor @FumaniShilubana tweeted: “So him and I and Mavuso we had agreed that we will do our scenes in Xitsonga on Isidingo back in 2012. Someone from channel or production came to me and said I need to stick to English as that was an English channel. Man speaks the language and Tshivenda too.”

@KhumaloDanica: “I think he speaks most SA languages. I heard him speak Tshivenda on Generations and I melted.”

@Sineh_Dzingwe: “Also he can be heard answering uLuzuko in isiXhosa with so much fluency.”

@yolish_: “My favorite part of the latest episode of #ShakaiLembeMzansi is Vusi Kunene speaking fluent Tsonga. He is a legend! This production did well by bringing together many amazing thespians. I hope the series will be marketed globally; African stories need to be told from our perspective.”

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