You are miss-taken
Futhi snatches a moment in the spotlight by pretending to be her cousin Zakithi.
Imbewu viewers did a double-take when they first saw real-life twins Nokwanda and Nokubonga Khuzwayo playing cousins Futhi and Zakithi Bhengu respectively. By now, many of us are in on the truth, but the soapie is going to play tricks when university student Futhi is mistaken for her high-flying corporate cousin Zakithi on Friday 16 November. And in the spirit of mischief, Futhi decides to have fun with their similarities on Monday 19 November. “The creative team saw an opportunity for a great story and maybe this was their way of answering our viewers. Pretty smart, I think,” says Nokwanda.
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“Futhi has always wanted more in life than just being a girl from eMakhaya, starting with the Swenka competition, then singing at Umsamo. She wants to feel how it is to be heard, to feel important, to feel wanted and to belong and be accepted and not feel invisible. Zakithi is respected and so important and just so strong and looks just like her. She wants a taste of that, but not to cause any trouble… and she almost gets away with it,” says Nokwanda with a laugh. Alas on Tuesday 20 November the masquerade must come to an end when Futhi’s shenanigans land her in the newspaper and in disgrace! “When her drunken face is all over the tabloids and everyone is thinking that it’s her cousin, that is when it hits her that she might have ruined her cousin’s image,” warns Nokwanda. Whoops! We wonder how Miss High-andMighty Zakithi is going to spin this latest Bhengu PR catastrophe.
For Nokwanda, having Futhi play her character Zakithi wasn’t a simple matter of turning to her twin for tips. “I didn’t want to involve Nokwanda too much because I wanted Futhi to get this on her own. We didn’t discuss this too much. We spoke about it but we never really discussed it. I just had to watch the show but with my focus more on Zakithi,” says Nokwanda.
Futhi gives herself a quick chop and buzz.
And just like that, Futhi becomes Zakithi.