The re­turn of the Queen

Sihle has re­turned to the val­ley and she’s in a pot-stir­ring mood.

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The last that view­ers saw of Queen Sihle (Zinhle Mabena) was in Jan­uary 2017 when she was thrown in jail for plot­ting to poi­son Queen Mother Qondi (Jes­sica Nkosi). King Zweli (Andile Gumbi) chose to teach his wife a les­son and left her in jail… un­til July, when she re­turned to the king­dom to re­pent for her sins. But that’s not all, teased Zinhle when we talked to her. “Sihle is back to take what’s right­fully hers!” laughs Zinhle.

What were you do­ing while on your break? I was preg­nant while film­ing the scenes of Sihle go­ing to jail, so when she was locked away, I went to have my baby girl [Laughs]. It’s hard work hav­ing a child but it is very ful­fill­ing. Now I am back on set and I have to jug­gle my ca­reer as well as be­ing a mother. It was over­whelm­ing at first but I’m so happy to have the best of both worlds. And your char­ac­ter is go­ing to be a mother too! Yes, Sihle’s preg­nant as well, which should make for a very in­ter­est­ing and trou­bled sto­ry­line. Plus, her me­mory is re­turn­ing and she’s hav­ing flash­backs of who she was and what she did. [Her me­mory was su­per­nat­u­rally wiped out just be­fore she was ar­rested]. So will she be as power-hun­gry and venge-ful as be­fore? I can as­sure you that Sihle loves be­ing a queen! But she hates not be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated by the peo­ple of the king­dom. Her time locked up has left her hard­ened and street-wise. She knows how to han­dle things now and she isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. She’s go­ing to over­power char­ac­ters who aren’t strong! Is she go­ing back to the royal home? Sihle is head- over-heels in love with Zweli de­spite him want­ing noth­ing to do with her. Sihle just wants to make things right with her hus­band the king and hope­fully their [un­born] son can be a part of that. Was get­ting back into char­ac­ter like slip-ping on a pair of comfy slip­pers? It’s was! It’s great to be back – I took a “hol­i­day” and now I’m back with my fam­ily. It was so easy to get back into Sihle’s shoes, as though I’d never left her to start with.

Qondi (top) and Zweli are in for a rude sur­prise. Queen Sihle is back!

Preg­nant Zinhle.

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