Earlier last week we reported that Siyabonga Shibe and Baby Cele who play the role of Qhabanga and Gabisile on Uzalo were leaving the show.
Entertainment news guru, Phil Mphela confirmed that Siyabonga Shibe would be saying goodbye to Uzalo but said Baby Cele, was not going to leave permanently but take a break.
Uzalo’s host channel, SABC1 confirmed the departure of the actors.
Baby Cele and Siyabonga Shibe will indeed be leaving the show by the end of season six of Uzalo. The story has taken this direction and will give us a riveting, high-stakes ending for both characters. The decision was made in consultation with the two actors. Both have given a tremendous amount to their roles on Uzalo and we are forever grateful for that. We will be introducing a host of new characters played by South Africa’s best. Please stay tuned and see as the story unfolds.”
It appears Baby Cele will be involved in the upcoming film , Red Cargo, which is expected to be released in 2021 hence she took a break from Uzalo as filming schedules might clash.
The film has a lot of local actors including Menzi Ngubane, Matseke-Zulu, Luthuli Dlamini
It’s not clear why Siyabonga Shibe is exiting the show as sometime in July, there were rumors that he had been axed from Uzalo after having a salary raise dispute with the producers.
However he denied the claims saying
I want to put it on record that me and my producers are in a good space and there were never any fights for whatever reason. I repeat I have never fought with anyone and I have not been booted out as some reporting claim,”
Perhaps his storyline ran out or he has a new gig on the horizon and had conflicting schedules.
Either way, both Qhabanga and Gabisile will be missed as they make up the heart of the show.