If you’ve just started watching one of South Africa’s most beloved telenovelas, Isibaya, you might need an update on who’s who in the scheme of things! We look at eBhubesini’s rival families, the Zungus and Ndlovus.
Mpiyakhe Zungu - The Leader
Mpiyakhe is not only the leader of the Zungu family but a successful businessman, with interests mainly in the transportation industry. In the beginning, we see him embroiled in a bubbling war over taxi routes with a rival taxi-owning family. While he is a stern man, he is also a loving and kind husband and father.
Mkabayi Zungu – The Matriarch
Mkabayi is Mpiyakhe’s senior sister, a spinster who is well-respected and rules the Zungu homestead and business affairs with an iron fist. Some may perceive her as cold, but her walls help her navigate life in the taxi industry and eBhubesini quite well. She leads the family alongside her brother and is loved and feared alike.
Mpiyakhe’s living first wife is funny, kind and has vices that wouldn’t typically be assigned to a rural wife, such as drinking and her smoking habits. She’s very helpful to the family but also aggrieved because of her inability to bear children.
Mpiyakhe’s second wife is loving and exudes the humility and ‘dignity’ that is expected of rural wives. While she is all these things, her tongue can at times be sharp.
Mpiyakhe’s youngest, urban and glamorous wife. Unlike the other wives, Iris lives in the city, loves the finer things in life and couldn’t be bothered with village life. She often clashes with the rest of the family because she hasn’t embraced their way of life.
Mpiyakhe’s beloved daughter, she is a beautiful young maiden who has been exposed to the best of both worlds. The village and the city. Her rebellious streak shows itself in her fated love story with the son of her father’s greatest rival.
Son to Mpiyakhe, Jabu is a young man going through turbulant teens. He has a strained relationship with his father as they envision different things for his future. He also struggles with substance abuse.
Keep a lookout for our breakdown of the Ndlovu family!