The new girl

Zethu Dlomo is the new wife in ques­tion on Isibaya.

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Zethu Dlomo is the new­est face on Isibaya screens, but the 28-year- old is no new­comer to TV. She played Si­bongile on lo­cal drama se­ries aYeYe (2015), as well as ap­pear­ing on in­ter­na­tional dra­mas Black Sails (2014-2017) and The Book Of Ne­groes (2015) as “slave princess” Madi and mother-fig­ure Sanu (they were both filmed in SA). We spoke to Zethu about her new role as be­witched cat­tle farmer Lethu and why she said no to a role on fan­tasy se­ries Game Of Thrones (2011- cur­rent) – be­lieve it!

Who is Lethu? She’s the only daugh­ter of a dead cat­tle farmer – she in­her­ited her dad’s land and stock but her un­cle Zitha (Nh­lanhla Mahlangu) stole the land – he used muti to curse her. The curse turned her into a mytho­log­i­cal wa­ter nymph and when she sings, men and boys fol­low the sound of her voice into the river and they drown. Mpiyakhe (Siyabonga Twala) heard her voice and walked into the wa­ter, but he can’t drown be­cause he has su­per­nat­u­ral pow­ers of his own. He ac­tu­ally broke her curse [in May 2017] and now Lethu’s back to her old self – and she’s tak­ing back what’s right­fully hers! Do you have any­thing in com­mon with your char­ac­ter? I’m still try­ing to fig­ure her out, but so far we’re both pas­sion­ate about ed­u­ca­tion. She wants to learn more about farm­ing and I have my BA de­gree in Drama from Wits Univer­sity [in Joburg]. You make no se­cret that your re­li­gious be­liefs are im­por­tant when it comes to your work… I’m a born-again Chris­tian and while I’m a per­former and telling a char­ac­ter’s story, there are things that I may ne­go­ti­ate about. I turned down a role on Game Of Thrones be­cause it was a de­mon char­ac­ter. It’s crazy but I have to pro­tect my brand. How much of Isibaya did you know be­fore join­ing the team? I’d been watch­ing it from the start be­cause it’s one of the few tra­di­tional shows on TV right now. And I love the pace here – we’re al­ways on the move, so it’s ex­cit­ing!

Lethu is back to be­ing a hu­man. She looked very dif­fer­ent as a cursed wa­ter nymph.

Zethu as Black Sails’ char­ac­ter Madi.

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