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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.”
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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.