As long as the dialogue is beautifully delivered and quotable, the show's legacy will continue even long after it has ended.
Whether hair-raising, heart-wrenching, or humorous, in the jaw-dropping series Shaka iLembe, the cast has delivered many quotable lines. Let's look at some that stood out the most.
“Abadliwe amanqe!” – King Jobe
After being fed lies, King Jobe (Hamilton Dhlamini) commands his most loyal warrior, Ngomane (Mondli Makhoba), to kill all his sons, sparing only the manipulative Mawewe (Wanda Zuma). Abadliwe amanqe means “kill them all”.
“Iso ngeso." – King Zwide
In a fight with Senzangakhona (Senzo Radebe) and his men, one of King Zwide’s (Wiseman Mncube) hordes is killed, and this act kindles an inferno of revenge. Angrily, Zwide utters iso ngeso, which means “an eye for an eye”, referring to the idea that one should be penalised according to how they have offended.
“Angilona imbuka." – Godongwana now Dingiswayo
Dingiswayo (Thembinkosi Mthembu) said these words to his father, King Jobe, to clear his name after being accused of plotting to dethrone him. Dingiswayo once again utters the exact words to the king of amaHlubi, Bhungane (Sjava). Angilona imbuka means “I am no traitor”.
"Ungangiibulali." – Goloza
These heartbreaking words were spoken by Queen Ntombazi’s (Khabonina Qubeka) forsaken son, Goloza (Calvin Ratladi), to his brother Zwide. Goloza was pleading with Zwide not to kill him.
Kuningi okuzayo. For more quotes, catch Shaka iLembe on Mzansi Magic.
If you missed the latest episode, watch the repeat on Friday 28 July at 21:30.
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For more info on the series, produced by the acclaimed Bomb Productions, visit the show page here or follow #ShakaiLembeMzansi on social media. Shaka iLembe is headline sponsored by Telkom. Associate sponsors are Grant’s Whisky and LottoStar, while tactical sponsors are Santam and Toyota SA.