Menzi Ngubane

Menzi Ngubane is a legendary South African actor whose career can be traced as far back as 1987 with his main role on a Zulu language television drama, KwaKhala Nyonini, as Cijimpi. Ngubane found enduring fame from his portrayal of Sibusiso Dlomo on SABC 1’s Generations.

Menzi Ngubane
Born Menzi Ngubane
September 4, 1964
Ladysmith
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Occupation Actor
Since 1987 – to date
Wife Lerato Sedibe
2008 – 2014
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Menzi Ngubane was born in the town of Ladysmith in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

He was raised in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

Menzi Ngubane broke into the South African entertainment scene in 1987, this was during the twilight years of the Apartheid Regime, in Zulu language drama called KwaKhala Nyonini where he portrayed Cijimpi.

In 1988 KwaKhala was renewed for the second season and Menzi Ngubane returned to reprise his role as Cijimpi. The role propelled Ngubane to fame and recognition as an actor.

In 1990 he toured Europe with a celebratory musical, Street Sisters, which was met with critical acclaim.

In 1991 Ngubane portrayed Enoch Sontonga a lead in theatre production called”A 100-year Celebration of the South African National Anthem” and also took part in “Kamieng”, a play directed by Sello Maake Ka-Ncube.

In the mid 90s, Menzi Ngubane portrayed “Mazwi” on Ubambo Lwami. “Mazwi”, the character he portrayed, was archetypal gangster extortionist who donned gold chains drove around in a cool BMW 3 series. Despite” Mazwi” being a villainous character, he would turn Ngubane into one of the most loved and sought after actors in South Africa.

In 2001 he joined the second season of the highly acclaimed, equally controversial and internationally recognized SABC 1 drama  Yizo Yizo as Elliot. He also had a role in Askari, a 2001 film in which he portrayed Patrick Khumalo (credited as Menzi ‘Ngubs’ Ngubane).

In 2002 Menzi Ngubane was cast in a another controversial SABC 1 drama Gaz’lam as Jerome.

In 2003 he joined Generations, South Africa’s mainstay soapie which airs on SABC 1. On Generations he plays “Sibusiso Dlomo” a media mogul, patriarch of the Dlomo family, meddling father and former freedom fighter with a questionable past as well as equally questionable integrity. He also played the part of Zola Dube on Soul City.

In 2004 Menzi Ngubane featured in the film In My Country as Dumi Mkhalipi (credited as Menzi ‘Ngubs’ Ngubane) which starred Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche.

In 2011 he starred in a feature film How to Steal 2 Millions as Jack Ngubane alongside Terry Pheto, Rapulana Seiphemo, Hlubi Mboya and John Kani.

In mid 2015 Menzi Ngubane returned to the South African television screens after disappearing since his dismissal from Generations, he joined e.tv’s original telenovela, Ashes to Ashes where he portrays the character of Detective Nkonzo Mazibuko  .

 

As Sibusiso “Ngamla” Dlomo on Generations

When Menzi Ngubane was cast as Sibusiso “Ngamla” Dlomo on Generations he was following in the footsteps of his equally legendary peers who had come and gone while others remained on the soap. When he joined Vusi Kunene had a recurring role as crime boss and businessman Jack Mabaso while Rapulana Seiphemo was a leading man beloved Tau Mogale.

Connie Masilo-Ferguson was a leading lady Karabo Moroka and had been on the show since it first went on air along with Sophie Ndaba who played her sister in-law Queen Moroka. Leleti Khumalo of Sarafina fame played Busisiwe Dlomo.

Sibusiso “Ngamla” Dlomo was married to Ntombi Khumalo (portrayed by Sonia Sedibe) with whom he had one daughter named Christina. He has three other children, Lumka Dlomo (portrayed by Montsho Mmabatho), Senzo Dlomo (portrayed by Thami Mngqolo) and Bandile “MJ” Memela (portrayed by Anga Makubalo AKA NaakMusiQ).

Sibusiso “Ngamla” Dlomo had Bandile “MJ” Memela with former girlfriend now media mogul Mawande Memela (portrayed by Nambitha Mpumlwana). Mawande Memela’s daughter Noluntu Memela (portrayed by Zenande Mfenyana) is the mother of Sibusiso Dlomo’s late grandson Mnqobi Dlomo, fathered by Senzo Dlomo who is gay and was married to Jason Malinga (portrayed by Zolisa Xaluva).

 

Departure from Generations, 2014

On Monday August 18 2014 producers of Generations, MMSV Productions, shocked the legion of the soapie’s followers when they announced that the entire principal cast of the show had been fired.

“MMSV Productions, following consultation with the SABC , have today [Monday] terminated the contracts of the striking actors on the SABC1 soap drama, Generations. The termination follows calls by both parties for the actors to return for recordings, following the start of their illegal strike,” the statement read.

The fired sixteen (16) actors – including Menzi Ngubane – are as follows: Anga Makubalo (MJ Dlomo), Atandwa Kani (Samora Lembede), Katlego Danke (Dineo Dlomo), Mandla Gaduka (Selwyn ‘Choppa’ Maithufi), Menzi Ngubane (Sbusiso Dlomo), Nambitha Mpumlwana (Mawande Memela), Patrick Shai (Patrick Tlaole), Slindile Nodangala  (Ruby Dikobe), Sophie Ndaba (Queen Moroka), Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth Mashaba), Thami Mngqolo (Senzo Dlomo), Thato Molamu (Nicholas Nomvete), Winnie Ntshaba (Khethiwe Buthelezi), Zenande Mfenyana (Noluntu Memela), Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska Nomvete) and Zolisa Xaluva (Jason Malinga).

 

 

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1987-1988 KwaKhala Nyonini Cijimpi TV Drama
1996 Ubambo Lwami Mazwi TV Drama
2001 Yizo Yizo 2 Elliot TV Drama
2001 Askari Patrick Khumalo Feature Film
2002 Gaz’lam Jerome TV Drama
2003 Soul City Zola Dube TV Drama
2003 – 2014 Generations Sibusiso “Ngamla” Dlomo TV Soapie
2004 In My Country Dumi Mkhalipi Feature Film
2011 How to Steal 2 Million Jack Ngubane Feature Film
2015
Ashes to Ashes Nkonzo Mazibuko Telenovela
2015 – to date Gold Diggers Israel Gumede Telenovela

 

Personal Life

Menzi Ngubane was married, in 2008 it was reported that he secretly married fiancé Palesa Sedibe. In the wake of his health issues and recovery, an article on Drum website in 2012 and All4women website in 2013 reported his wife’s name was Lerato.

It is understood that as of 2013 his marriage has since ended.

In 2011 He was a subject of unrelenting reporting following his sudden illness and hospitalization, at one point, the interest around his health reached an all-time low when he was rumoured to have died.

It was later learned through the media that Menzi Ngubane was suffering from liver-related ailment, other more specific reports suggest that both his livers failed due to High Blood Pressure, and was undergoing relevant treatment. Furthermore, it has been reported that he is on the Liver Transplant waiting list.

In 2014 renewed rumours surfaced suggesting that he’s had a transplant, got divorced and was to become a Sangoma (Shaman), all of which Menzi Ngubane clarified in a rare interview were not not true.

In May 2010 it was reported that a woman named Nomzamo “Zamo” Hlela from Nquthu, KwaZulu-Natal based in Randburg, Johannesburg where she works as an Exotic Dancer claimed to have mothered Ngubane’s child 9 years earlier. This was at the time when he was still in a relationship with Thembi Nyandeni.

In October 2010 it was reported that a paternity test had cleared Menzi Ngubane as the father of Hlela’s child. The Sunday World reported that the results for the paternity test came back saying Ngubane was 99,99% excluded from being the father.

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