MENZI NGUBANE, an enormous within the acting industry who was popularly known for his power roles as Cijimpi on Kwakhala Nyonini or Sibusiso Dlomo on Generations, has fallen at the age of 56.
The news of the veteran actor’s death sent shock waves across the country when Ngubane’s death was confirmed by his family on his official Instagram account this weekend. Co-star Zolisa Xaluva, actor Thapelo Mokoena, former public protector Thuli Madonsela and Master KG were among the various who paid their heartfelt tribute to the star.
Here are 5 factss you wouldn’t have known about this industry giant.
1. he’s straight from the dominion
Ngubane was born in Ladysmith in KwaZulu Natal, which was previously referred to as the dominion of Zululand. Although work brought him to the town of Gold, he would make it some extent to go to his place of birth on a daily basis as that’s where his father continues to reside.
2. He’s been within the industry for over 30 years
Ngubane’s big break came back in 1987 when he showcased his talent within the local television series Kwakhala Nyonini,.
Since then, he went from strength to strength, amassing variety of major awards and nominations.
3. He previously survived renal failure
Following renal failure a couple of years back, Ngubane was hospitalised for nearly three weeks, and was subsequently placed on dialysis from 2010 to 2015 while on a kidney transplant roll .
The actor, who has spoken openly about his journey, did eventually receive a transplant.
4. He worked alongside Samuel L. Jackson In 2004
Ngubane worked alongside Samuel L Jackson within the SA feature In my Country. The film was supported the 1998 non-fiction novel Country Of My Skull by Antjie Krog.
In My Country is primarily about the findings of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
5. He wanted to mentor young men
Ngubane started a mentorship programme called “Twelve Auspicious Gentlemen with Menzi Ngubane”.
The programme was focused on the active mentoring of young boys, also as addressing the impact caused by social ills, which are present in many communities. Through the programme, Ngubane aimed to encourage young men to follow a healthy lifestyle.