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The challenges of polygamy – Shaka iLembe

24 July 2023
The challenges of polygamy and a son seeking love from a father.
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The latest episode of Shaka iLembe introduced a different tone compared to the end of episode 5, which focused on the traditional newlywed love between King Senzangakhona kaJama (Senzo Radebe) and Queen Nandi kaMbengi (Nomzamo Mbatha). This week’s episode (episode 6) showcased a lot of emotional weight between the couple, marking a nerve-wracking tale.

Episode 6 marks trouble in paradise as King Senzangakhona kaJama and Queen Nandi kaMbengi’s love is compromised by the arrival of Bhibhi, who has seemingly poisoned the mind of King Senzangakhona. TV personality and actress Ntando Duma takes on the role of  Bhibhi, a character who stirs up division among King Senzangakhona's wives. This forces Queen Nandi kaMbengi and young Prince Shaka to leave the Zulu Isigodlo.

Chatting to Duma, a 28-year-old mother of one who just recently launched her kiddies’ hair salon, about her role in the series, she said, “I am so grateful for the opportunity to play the role of Bhibhi on Shaka iLembe. I had so many challenges auditioning for this character. I think I auditioned more than once before getting this role. What I really loved about this production was the people, energy, environment, knowledge, and understanding of culture. Being Zulu myself, I admit that there are some things that I didn’t know about our culture. Learning about where we come from gave me so much happiness and I hope that when the viewers look at this show, they too can feel a sense of pride and appreciation and experience the power of storytelling and our language. For me, Bhibhi will be that character people love to hate, she will mark her area at all costs.”

King Bhungane (Jabulani “Sjava” Hadebe) is surprised by Godongwana (Thembinkosi Mthembu) who comes ready and prepared to seek refuge.  As a result, Godogwana changes his given name to Dingiswayo. His faith is renewed when he is told that Baleka is alive, and he thanks the underground gang (ancestors) for always staying by his side. 

Meanwhile, as the son of King Senzangakhona kaJama, Shaka has a lot of respect for his father. He sees him as a role model and a great leader but his father rejects all his efforts – sad for a boy who just wants to make his father proud. This turbulent father-and-son relationship saddened and confused the young Prince Shaka. The love of a mother is unconditional and never-ending, just as the love seen with Nandi and her children.  

In case you have missed episode 6, all Shaka iLembe episodes aired thus far can be found on DStv Catch Up. Tune in next week for episode 7 exclusive to Mzansi Magic channel 161 Sunday at 20:00.

Follow #ShakaiLembeMzansi on social media. Shaka iLembe's headline sponsor is Telkom. Associate sponsors are Grant’s Whisky and LottoStar, while tactical sponsors are Santam and Toyota SA.