So the first season of Isibaya came to an end on Thursday and today the new season starts, with Isibaya revamped and becoming a soapie.
The theme for the new season of the soapie is "Old Grudges... New Enemies" so of course this means some new cast members. We've already revealed that Vusi Kunene has left Isidingo for Isibaya and will be the new anti-hero character; Mpiyakhe Zungu's new enemy, Bhekifa Ngubane.
Here are the new cast members of Isibaya, which reboots tonight on Mzansi Magic at 8.30pm and will now be a weekday soap.
Vusi Kunene takes on the role of 45-year-old Bhekifa (Ntshangase) Ngubane, a powerful, self-made scrap metal mogul who also owns a share in a nightclub. Bhekifa’s charming, elegant, opera-loving surface masks a dangerous, cunning and disturbed man who takes pleasure in seeing the slow demise of those he believes have betrayed him.
Andile Gumbi (The Lion King) plays the 25 year old Zweli Ntshangase (Ngubane), Bhekifa’s son from his wife - the love of his life who died during the violent clashes in Thokoza between the SDU’s and hostel dwellers. Handsome, charming, and armed with a Post-Grad Business Degree that he gained in London, Zweli is a lovable playa who grew up wanting for nothing but who suffered the childhood nightmare of his mother’s death.
Jeffrey Sekele (Behind the Badge, Zero Tolerance, Isidingo, The Lab, 90 Plein Street) as Blade, Bhekifa’s right hand man. Street-smart and connected with powerful underworld figures from a stint in prison (where he first met Bhekifa), Blade is loyal but tough and loves Zweli like a father.
Zinhle Mabena (Mtunzini.com, Intersexions) takes on the role of 22-year-old, Sihle. Beautiful, smart, spunky and brave, Sihle had to cut short her university studies to return to the Thukela Valley after the mysterious death of her father. Now taking care of her sick mother, when Sihle discovers who’s behind her father’s death, she only has revenge in her mind.
Sibusisiwe Jili plays 28-year-old Zanele, the manageress of Club Sheba. Charming and beautiful Zanele is also Bhekifa’s mistress although she’s 20 years younger than him.
With Samson Ndlovu in jail, this means that Isibaya is potentially losing a great actor in Bheki Mkhwane. We wonder how they are going to handle things.