Actress and reality tv star, Khanyi Mbau has landed a huge role on Showmax Original telenovela’s The Wife Season 2 where she will play the lead role of Zandile The Resolute.
She plays the lead role of Zandile, the wife of Nkosana.
Khanyi will debut in February 2022 as Zandile the wife of Nkosana, the leader of the Zulu brothers’ crime family.
The Wife is based on Dudu Busani-Dube’s best-selling Hlomu the Wife book series.
It follows the lives of eight Zulu brothers from Greytown, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
Fans can expect to see Mbau in the second season of the hit show which premieres on Showmax in February 2022.
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“Season 2 is told through the eyes of Zandile,” says Stained Glass showrunner Gugu Ncube-Zuma.
“We’ll be exploring Nkosana and Zandile’s love story and finding out more about their history. We’ll get to know Zandile as the matriarch of the Zulu family, the glue who held the Zulu brothers together.
“In Season 2, she wants to reclaim her position, a role that Hlomu has now taken over in her absence. Get ready to see the world through Zandile’s eyes.”
There was a major outcry by fans, that didn’t last long, after the casting announcements of Hlomu and the Zulu brothers, Mbau admits she’s understandably daunted by the role.
“The greatest challenge for an actress is being a part of a story that everyone knows,” she says.
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“That brings a lot of expectations that you need to live up to. There’s a cult around this show so there’s a lot of pressure.
“And before being part of the cast, I am a fan, so I really don’t want to drop the ball. For me to depict this character is really something that can either make me or break me, to be quite honest with you, but I love the thrill.”
Ncube-Zuma said she is confident that Mbau is perfectly cast.
“Khanyi is talented and had the range so necessary for this role,” she says. “She has depth and rawness; she’s able to tap into the dark side that Zandile has, as well as give that vulnerability that we’ll see, especially with the love between her and Nkosana. As a production team, we’ve worked with her before, and we know she’ll bring that grit that is needed for the character of Zandile.”