Veteran actress and globally acclaimed Sarafina motion picture star Leleti Khumalo
Quits SABC1’s Uzalo in the wake of getting an offer she couldn’t refuse from another drama series.
“People have been forming stories around why I left Uzalo. To set the record straight, there is no bad blood between me and Uzalo producers,” Khumalo said. “The reason I left was because the offer I was given was irresistible.”
This week Khumalo was uncovered as the main woman in the new Duma Ndlovu-created drama series Imbewu: The Seed, a ground-breaking local show expected to debut on e.tv in April.
“I was offered a leading role and to crown it all, to become an executive producer of the very same show where I play a lead role.”
” I was excited because it is the first time that I will be part of a production team. In this industry we all want to grow”. She said
“I’ve been acting for more than three decades now. It is an opportunity I could not resist.” Leleti added
Her new role is “that of a suburban woman living an upmarket lifestyle, but cannot bear children”.
“And, as tradition dictates, I am secretly impregnated by my brother-in-law, without my husband knowing about it. I have to live with that secret all my life.”
Khumalo said it was not true that her unceremonious departure from Uzalo was as a result of disagreements regarding her salary.
“It was an amicable agreement,” Khumalo said.
But according to a reluable source when Khumalo asked the Uzalo producers to match her new offer, they did not.
Uzalo’s creative director, Mmamitse Thibedi, said: “Leleti Khumalo resigned from the show after getting an offer as an actor and executive producer on a new show; a career move she couldn’t turn down.”
Khumalo’s Uzalo character, MaNzuza, will make her last appearance sometime in June/July, ending a successful four-season run. – Xolile Mtshazo