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Like Hol­ly­wood, the TV in­dus­try in South Africa is churn­ing out shows on a scale as far-reach­ing as the EFF’s ten­ta­cles in par­lia­ment. Now e.tv has homed in on polygamy as the thrust of its up­com­ing drama, with Hamil­ton Dlamini chan­nelling his in­ner Ja­cob Zuma, writes

mes­sage, telling her I was busy and would only be back in Jozi in a week. Still not promis­ing to au­di­tion.”

But there was no es­cap­ing his fate – Quizzi­cal Pic­tures were un­re­lent­ing in se­cur­ing a sit-down with Dlamini.

When Dlamini re­ceived the sto­ry­line break­down, his hes­i­ta­tion mush­roomed into keen­ness when he re­alised he would be in the ex­pert hands of Denny Miller.

Of­fer­ing his take on the premise, he says: “Most peo­ple in the world do not un­der­stand what polygamy is, how it is prac­ticed. Me­dia sources have not done jus­tice in their re­ports. They look at polygamy as a ‘win­dow shop­per’. But it is cre­ated and ac­cepted by women who know and un­der­stand its im­por­tance in build­ing fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and so­ci­ety.”

Ex­pand­ing on his character, by means of fur­ther ex­pla­na­tion, the ac­tor re­veals: ‘Mn­qobi is a hu­man be­ing. He is a strong Zulu man who has a strong an­ces­tral pedi­gree that dates back to colo­nial times.

“When the story be­gins, his wardrobe isn’t very fancy. To him, clothes are just clothes. He just wants to be pre­sentable and re­spected by his peers. But as time goes by, his fash­ion sense evolves be­cause he is used by his wives, who com­pete with other women and each other, in pro­ject­ing how a Zulu can be taken care of by his wives. All his wives have dif­fer­ent tastes and that makes him a chameleon, which is ad­mired by those around him in the business world.”

On work­ing with the three ac­tresses play­ing his wives, he shares: “I have worked with Gcina in the past. I di­rected her in San­goma, a film she wrote for eKasi Sto­ries on e.tv. She is a won­der­ful and cre­ative per­son. She is also a the­atre ac­tress who is very much of scene-moods and mo­ments. She is a think­ing ac­tress who is not afraid of si­lence in a per­for­mance.

“It is my first time Nokuthula. I have bee since see­ing her in Rh a tal­ented ac­tress wit African looks. She is and magic.

“Nomzamo I have Have We Been Heard? cel­e­brat­ing 20 years o saw her in Isi­baya an ac­tress in the mak­ing and beau­ti­ful. I en­joy three women.”

With South Africa decades of democ­rac show of­fers in­sight in per­haps through fear or sim­ply a lack of kn time, wal­lowed in con

Like any prac­tice, style choice and one t hasn’t shied away fro much crit­i­cism about coun­try.

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A stick­ler for trad glue that keeps the fa

Shed­ding light on Mkhize says: “She is stand­ing per­son and mo­dat­ing. It ir­ri­tates (laughs). She al­ways p feel­ings first. As the f will­ing to make the si be­cause she can’t give So she opens the door and then another one

Although the vete own feel­ings about po ex­cited about telling t

“She doesn’t get al she finds her too mat Khwezi, she isn’t hap hus­band has han­dled in­tro­duced her into th dis­re­spected and, at s she will ex­press it.” SHE has been mar­rie seven years. And, in a hasn’t given him the yearn­ing for.


WIFELY IN­TEN­TIONS: Ce­bisile (Gcina Mkhize, left) and Du­mile (Nokuthula Led­waba, right), be­come rather posses­sive of their hus­band Mn­qobi Sime­lane (Hamil­ton Dlamini) when he de­cides to make a young and sexy Khwezi (Nomzamo Mbatha) his third wife in e.tv’s new drama, Umlilo.

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