Veteran actor Zolisa Xaluva has praised the late Menzi Ngubane whom he shared the stage on SABC1’s soapie Generations.
Xaluva was speaking on MacG’s podcast, saying the late ex-Isibaya actor was full of energy and his intensity stood above the rest.
In a recent interview with Podcast & Chill, the former The Queen and Gomora actor said legends such as Vusi Kunene, Moshidi Motshegwa and Michelle Botes are the best in the business and that if Mzansi had a film industry, they would be stars.
This is after the documentary telling the life and times of the late ‘Mazwi’ was released and premiered at Nu Metro last weekend.
Ngubane passed away on March 13, 2021, following a stroke at home – the fan favourite was 56 and his widow, Sikelelwa Ngubane, has also paid tributes.
“I loved Menzi Ngubane’s intensity and commitment to every character he’s ever played. I worked with the dude and got to see him do his thing,” he said.
“The thing about Menzi is, unlike most actors who just read their parts…Menzi knew the lines for next week. He never did anything in half measures. That’s commitment.”
In a bid to keep his memory alive, family and close friends gathered at Nu Metro Hyde Park to honour the star at a red and black-themed premiere on Sunday.
According to the late thespian’s widow, Sikelelwa, she said those who watched the documentary would learn more about his life, from a young boy to household name.
“It will be an emotional journey for everyone, especially towards the end when I explain exactly how he passed,” she told TshisaLIVE.
“It took me back to how he passed because he was at home … it took me back to the point where I was so angry because there were a lot of things going on leading to my husband’s death.”
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