Actress Winnie Ntshaba, mostly known for her role as Khethiwe Buthelezi on Generations, is back on screens with a new role in Mzansi Magic’s supernatural drama The Herd. The 42-year-old plays the character of MaMngadi but tweeps still call her Khethiwe.
The businesswoman and founder of the Royalty Soapie Awards was part of the 16 actors cut from Generations over contract disputes. Winnie has made TV appearances on Mzansi Magic's The Road, e.tv's Broken Vows and MTV's Shuga since leaving the popular SABC 1 soapie in 2014. This was after she took time away from screens in attempt to detox from her Khethiwe character. However, it seems like this trick might not have worked in her favor as fans still refer to her as Khethiwe.
The actress made an appearance on new drama-series The Herd which started airing on Mzansi Magic on Sunday night. Despite having a different character name on the production, tweeps insisted that to them, Winnie will always be known as Khethiwe.
According to Mzansi Magic, the drama series is about Bhekisizwe Mthethwa (Sello Maake Ka Ncube) who twenty-eight years ago was fired from his job at a butchery due to his leg injury. With no job and a hungry wife and baby, Bheki sought the guidance of the local witch, MaMngadi (Winnie Ntshaba), who promised him a bright future, if he was willing to make a great sacrifice.
When we meet Bheki in the present, he’s married to MaMngadi with three more children, Muzi (Sparky Xulu), Nkosana (Paballo Mavundla) and Dumazile (Cindy Mahlangu). Soon, we realise that Bheki’s big sacrifice still weighs heavily on his soul and when he chooses the successor to his cattle business, viewers get to see a family at odds and siblings in rivalry, as they go into battle over what each believes to be rightfully theirs.
“Sacrifice is at the heart of many human stories, particularly when looking at the family structure. It’s the man’s responsibility to take care of his loved ones and sometimes the pressure of supporting the family can drive a man to the edges of darkness. The Herd is essentially about that: the sacrifices we make for love,” says Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net, Reneilwe Sema.
Briefly.co.za gathered that other actors that are part of the cast of this compelling series are Zethu Dhlomo playing the tough and gifted gunslinger, Lwandle; Sihle Ndaba as Bheki’s golden child, Kayise; Tiisetso Thoka as the Mthethwa’s leading herdsman, Dingane and Peter Mashigo as the troubled alcoholic, Magubane.
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