Sello slips out of Scan­dal!

Act­ing le­gend Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is tak­ing an ex­tended break from his soapie home.

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Hi tv­plus. Now that Sello is on Rockville, does that mean he has left Scan­dal!? – VANESSA, PINETOWN

Thanks to soapies film­ing well in ad­vance, fans of Sello Maake Ka-Ncube will be able to see him on two dif­fer­ent shows at once… for a while. His Rockville (2013- cur­rent) char­ac­ter Rolex Ngidi makes his first ap­pear­ance on the Mzansi Magic drama on Sun­day 24 July and fans will be able to see him as Lu­cas Ny­athi on e.tv on Scan­dal! (2006- cur­rent) all the way un­til late Septem­ber – af­ter which Lu­cas will exit, al­though not nec­es­sar­ily per­ma­nently. Scan­dal!’s doors will re­main open to Sello and Lu­cas and ac­cord­ing to the Scan­dal! pro­duc­tion team, “Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, who has played the role of Daniel and Lu­cas Ny­athi on Scan­dal! for many years, will be pur­su­ing other ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties. His char­ac­ter will still re­main alive in the world of Scan­dal!, with the pos­si­bil­ity of re­turn­ing to the screen in the fu­ture. We would like to thank Sello for his un­be­liev­able talent and time on the show. We wish him all the best in his fu­ture en­deav­ours.”

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Jour­nal­ist Naledi Thebe (Di­neo Moeketsi) has been search­ing for her un­cle Kings­ley Se­seko Langa (Hlomla Dan­dala) since Thurs­day 7 July af­ter find­ing out that her late fa­ther Hec­tor (Tu­misho Masha) left a ma­jor block of shares in his com­pany to his half-brother. While Hec­tor’s death has brought other mem­bers of the fam­ily crawl­ing out of the wood­work, like Naledi’s mom Yvonne (Kgo­motso Christo­pher), “Un­cle Se­seko” seems to have van­ished into thin air. But it looks like Naledi’s mes­sage has got­ten through at last. And on Fri­day 29 July, we’ll be as ex­cited as Naledi is to wel­come Seko to New­town.

GOOD GUY WITH A PAST

While Hec­tor went head-to-head with Scan­dal!’s heavy­weight bad-guy Lu­cas (Sello Maake Ka-Ncube – read more on p4) in a quest for vengeance, hu­man rights lawyer Seko is more of a mild-man­nered good guy. Scan­dal!’s pro­duc­tion de­scribes Seko as “suave, charis­matic and grace­ful”, adding that he’s “a proud man of few words who strives for jus­tice and is al­ways fight­ing for the un­der­dog. He is an in­tro­vert who avoids pub­lic­ity but has an air of no­bil­ity”. But while Hlomla was drawn to “the de­scrip­tion of the man as one whose ideals sur­passed any laws,” he hints at a dark­ness in Seko’s past. “Play­ing peo­ple who carry his­tory and are scarred is al­ways in­ter­est­ing and is a great ba­sis to grow a three-di­men­sional char­ac­ter,” Hlomla adds.

HEC­TOR & YVONNE

When Hec­tor comes knock­ing at Naledi’s door, he’s not look­ing to cash in on his brother’s death. What’s weigh­ing on his heart is a need for “res­o­lu­tion, un­der­stand­ing and a re­con­nec­tion to a past that has left him scarred,” re­veals Hlomla. And we’ll be ea­gerly watch­ing this first face-to-face con­fronta­tion with Naledi’s mom Yvonne. “There is un­fin­ished busi­ness and the mo­ment is charged. Clearly there was some­thing be­tween them that was more than just a pass­ing af­fec­tion,” hints Hlomla. Let the spec­u­la­tion be­gin…

Say “ciao ciao” to Scan­dal!’s Lu­cas Ny­athi… for now.

Naledi meets her un­cle Kings­ley Se­seko Langa at long last.

Yvonne is stunned when she sees Seko.

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