Well-known South African actor Wiseman Mncube has opened up about losing his wife in 2017. The Shaka ILembe star, who portrays the character of Zwide on the much-loved Mzansi Magic historical drama series, told MacG and Sol Phenduka on Podcast and Chill that the tragic news of his wife’s passing came whilst on set.
Speaking to the podcasters, Mncube shared that at the time he was shooting eHostela; which also aired on the DStv channel.
“When I got a call that she passed away I was doing a scene on the set of eHostela. The scene I was going to shoot, I was supposed to kill someone and bury them. And I had to laugh while burying the person.
“I quickly went to my trailer because I wanted to get myself water. And while I was there, I got a call from her number. I knew she was in hospital. When I answered the phone, her little sister was on the other side, crying. Automatically, I just knew what had happened. I just broke down. I was with Thobani Nzuza, who played Mndeni on the show, and he was confused and asked why I was crying. I told him what was happening,” Mncube said.
Unfortunately, he could not immediately leave as he had to go back to set.
“I had to gather myself and go back. And when I watched that scene back, I did so well. It didn’t show that I was going through something,” the actor explained.
Mncube and his late wife shared a daughter.
After his tragic loss, the actor found love again an
For his 33rd birthday in May, Mncube took to Instagram to share how his wife and children showered him with gifts.
“This day it really hit me how lucky I am to be blessed with such a beautiful family who love, appreciate, honour, value and respect me. I am grateful to be able to be the father and husband to you all. I was woken up to such Beautiful birthday gifts that filled my heart ❤️. Ngyabonga kakhulu to the mastermind that is my wife and my beautiful tribe my kids, you are the best [sic]” he wrote.
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