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Why actress Luyanda Zwane left ‘Sibongile and The Dlaminis’

Rising South African actress Luyanda Zwane reveals why she left the popular TV show, Sibongile and The Dlaminis.

The model and actress Luyanda Zwane who stars in the first season of Sibongile and The Dlamini confirms her exit.

She tells Zimoja that he reasons for leaving the show is personal and she completed her season one obligation.

Luyanda Zwane

“I chose not to renew my contract for season two after completing my season one obligations,” she adds.

The publication adds that Zwane was unhappy with some of the decisions made by production. While an insider revealed that she was allegedly “tough to work with, and people had to navigate around her,” the insider states.

Zwane rubbishes reports that she was tough to work with and says people will always have opinions.

“People will always have opinions on how they experience you. I have never heard anyone on any set complain about me being a drama queen.”

Luyanda Zwane

She also says those who know her, know how she is. She doesn’t pay too much attention to negativity. Everyone experiences people differently.

The Outlaws and Miseducation actress scored the leading role of Sibongile Mbambo in July 2023.

It is unclear at this stage who will replace Zwane in the second season of the fan-favourite telenovela.

The Citizen reports that Sibongile and The Dlaminis, which stars Luyanda Zwane is the most-watched show on Mzansi Wethu.

Sibongile and The Dlaminis set a new record and surpassed the 2.6 million mark in viewership.

The show garnered an impressive average viewership of over 2 million, with its peak hitting 2 688 338 live viewers.

Nomsa Philiso, who is the CEO of general entertainment at MultiChoice congratulated the cast and confirmed season two of the telenovela.

“This is a cause for celebration and a clear indication of the love and appreciation that our viewers have for Sibongile and The Dlaminis.”

Philiso adds that the telenovela is the combination of good scripting, casting, and overall production, which makes it a pleasure to watch.

She also thanks their middle and mass scripted team for the show. She also hopes they will see more growth in viewership numbers in season two.

Zwane’s character, Sibongile Mbambo is an innocent rural young woman who is forced to leave her family and dreams behind. She becomes a domestic worker in the lavish mansion of the affluent Dlamini family.

Sibongile and The Dlaminis is set in the small town of Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal and explores timeless themes of love, sacrifice, ambition, and familial bonds.

Zwane tells Sowetan that she first met her passion for acting in high school and was deeply involved in the world of dramatic arts.

The publication reached out to Zwane for a comment, who was not available for a comment at the time of publishing this article.

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Kelly Khumalo

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