- Samkelo is leaving Rhythm City after seven years playing the role of Lerato
- In an official statement, Samkelo explained that the decision was mutual and there was no bad blood between her and Rhythm City
- The Rhythm City team and fans will miss Samkelo and her character Lerato
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Rhythm City actress Samkelo Ndlovu has decided to talk about why she left the show after seven years.
Samkelo played the feisty role of Lerato. Fans love her and just can’t handle that she is no more.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Samkelo announced her exit from the show last week, which left many feeling some type of way.
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Samkelo explained that the decision to remove Lerato from the show was mutual between her and the Rhythm City team.
In an official statement, Samkelo expressed her gratitude for the time she spent on Rhythm City and how she gained invaluable experience playing the role of Lerato.
Samkelo revealed that she had wanted to leave the show a year ago but it just wasn’t the right time in terms of the storyline.
“A year ago I attempted to leave Rhythm City and during talks with producers, after even trying a six months on six months off solution, another co-star who was pivotal as an antagonist in the world of the story confirmed his imminent departure. I was then asked to stay for one more year, as the show could not lose two villains at once.”
It was not an easy decision as Rhythm City has become Samkelo’s home and family. However, it is something she feels she needs to do.
Despite being ready and having anticipated her departure, the Rhythm City team is sad to see Samkelo go – fans are too.
Previously it was reported that Samkelo had just about had it with people questioning her origins and heritage. She is Xhosa but people wonder how that could be, with her last name being Ndlovu. Taking to social media, Samkelo made it clear that she will no longer entertain the 'tribalists'.
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