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ISIDIngO! OUT! MATAbAnES MOVE

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It’s the end of an era as Isidingo bids farewell to not one, but two, of its best loved char­ac­ters. Orig­i­nal cast mem­bers Agnes (Keketso semoko) and Zeb (don mlan­geni nawa), who’ve been on The deep since 1998, head back to ma Agnes’s home­town on Tues­day 12 Au­gust. But it’ll take some do­ing to get Zeb to join her in her brave new ven­ture…

HOW THEY LEAVE

With Zeb having been away in Ghana for the past month work­ing on the sibeko mines, Agnes started con­sid­er­ing a ma­jor life change. so on mon­day 4 Au­gust, she gave Zeb a call and stunned him with a sur­pris­ing an­nounce­ment: she wants to leave for Thaba ’nchu in the Free state and start a farm­ing busi­ness. “she wants to go back to where she came from. she is long­ing for home,” Keketso says of her char­ac­ter’s exit from the soap. “she’s seen it all, she’s done it all and there’s noth­ing to live for in hori­zon deep any­more.”

With her mind made up, Agnes starts pre­par­ing for the big move, but Bra Zeb makes it painfully clear that he’s not fond of the idea. “he’s the tra­di­tion­al­ist of the two and is very com­fort­able in his cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, so the idea of having to up­root his life is big,” Keketso ex­plains.

LOVE ON THE ROCKS

And so the bat­tle to con­vince Zeb to join Agnes in her farm­ing plan be­gins. But he’s not budg­ing. “At first, Zebedee thinks this is just Agnes’s way of ac­tu­ally ask­ing for a di­vorce,” Keketso says, adding that “it be­comes such a big is­sue for them that it al­most tears them apart”. By Fri­day 8 Au­gust, af­ter a week of beg­ging, Agnes faces the re­al­ity that she could be mov­ing on with­out her hus­band. It’s a bit­ter pill to swal­low, but this is what Agnes wants, with or with­out Zeb by her side. “It’s not a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for her,” Keketso ad­mits. “But Zeb is also part of this de­ci­sion and he’s mak­ing it dif­fi­cult.”

As Agnes is pack­ing her fi­nal things on Tues­day 12 Au­gust, it’s dif­fi­cult to pic­ture our vet­eran TV cou­ple liv­ing sep­a­rate lives. But af­ter a fi­nal fam­ily din­ner and a prayer, Agnes gets a pleas­ant sur­prise – Zeb agrees to go, but not im­me­di­ately. “Yes, he does end up leav­ing with her,” an ex­cited Keketso says. But with Zeb still needed on the mines, Agnes ends up leav­ing The deep on her own, wav­ing her home and loved ones good­bye.

NO MORE MATABANES?

While fans are only see­ing the matabane exit now, Keketso and don wrapped up film­ing in June al­ready. “I’m tak­ing a breather for a bit,” Keketso says. “I’m on va­ca­tion un­til next year to re­fresh and break away for a bit. I’ve been trapped in my char­ac­ter for so long that it’s nec­es­sary.” And if you’re hop­ing to see Keketso on­screen some­where else, don’t! she’s adamant that she won’t be do­ing much work for the next six months.

FOR­EVER & EVER?

The Isidingo team and cast are very se­cre­tive of the events sur­round­ing Agnes and Zeb’s exit, but Keketso tells us that it’s not nec­es­sar­ily the end. “Well, they don’t kill them, so you never know. It’s up to pro­duc­tion and the ex­ec­u­tives.” While Isidingo and En­de­mol refuse to com­ment on the de­ci­sion to write out the hori­zon deep orig­i­nals, head­writer Ro­han dick­son tells us that the pos­si­bil­ity of their re­turn is still on the cards. “They are im­por­tant char­ac­ters in the show, so there’s always a chance that they can re­turn in the future.”

Zeb’s stub­born, but he loves Ma Ag­gie.

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