Caught in the crosshairs

Linda Mtoba re­veals how her char­ac­ter Nomonde is ready to take down her evil step­mom Lindiwe. Week­days 1Magic (*103) 20:00

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In May this year, Nomonde (Linda Mtoba) left Cape Town when she learnt that her not-sob­aby brother Andile (Lunga Mo­fo­keng) ended up in hos­pi­tal af­ter a failed sui­cide at­tempt when his med­dling mom Lindiwe (Sindi Dlathu) forced him to marry his wealthy girl­friend Faith (Anele Zondo) to save her min­ing com­pany. And be­ing an over­pro­tec­tive older sis­ter, Nomonde is ready to pounce on her step­mom for be­ing re­spon­si­ble for her brother’s near-death ex­pe­ri­ence. “Nomonde is a feisty one,” laughs Linda. “She’s an­gry at Lindiwe for in­trud­ing in Andile’s life, as well as those around her. She wants to de­stroy Lindiwe’s life in the worst pos­si­ble way,” adds the ac­tress.

Where does Nomonde’s re­sent­ment to­wards Lindiwe stem from? Nomonde’s bi­o­log­i­cal mother died when she was young and her dad Zweli (Hlomla Dan­dala) in­stantly moved on and got mar­ried to Lindiwe. While Zweli was build­ing a new life with Lindiwe, Nomonde was raised by her ma­ter­nal grand­mother, so she had no chance to de­velop a bond with her fa­ther or sib­lings. Nomonde feels like an out­sider and worst of all, blames Lindiwe for her “in­com­plete” up­bring­ing. What is her re­la­tion­ship with Andile like? He’s the only one who she gets along with in the Dlamini/Dikana house­hold. [Laughs] They are in­sep­a­ra­ble and Nomonde tries to shield him from dan­ger be­cause he is shy and mostly keeps to him­self. You played spoilt brat Zama un­til April on te­len­ov­ela Isi­baya (2013-cur­rent) who was close to her par­ents. How does she com­pare to Nomonde? Nomonde is a dark and an­gry per­son and thinks that tak­ing re­venge on Lindiwe will make up for her com­pli­cated past – a com­pelling role to get into. I dig deep when I get on set and think about the con­niv­ing women on drama How To Get Away With Mur­der (2014- cur­rent). What’s it like work­ing with a new cast? Work­ing on The River has ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions. I got a call from the pro­duc­ers about a char­ac­ter that was writ­ten just for me and I didn’t think it would be this great. I work with big names like Sindi and Hlomla who I’ve looked up to while I was grow­ing up and watch­ing TV.

Nomonde is ready to rum­ble when she ar­rives in Joburg.

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