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Sello Maake KaNcube: “Mbongeni Ngema Was On Path To Clean His Name Before Death”

Maake kaNcube shared, "I've had conversations with him, and he had so much that he was looking forward to doing.

Veteran actor Sello Maake kaNcube recently shared his thoughts on the late musician and playwright Mbongeni Ngema, stating that Ngema was on a path towards redeeming his name before his tragic passing.

Ngema, best known for creating the internationally recognised film Sarafina!, sadly lost his life in a car accident while returning from a funeral in the Eastern Cape.

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While Ngema’s artistic contributions were celebrated, there was also a cloud of controversy surrounding his name.

Both of his ex-wives, Xoliswa Nduneni Ngema and Leleti Khumalo, accused him of abuse during their marriages. However, Maake kaNcube, who considered Ngema a gift to the arts fraternity, revealed that the musician recognised his mistakes and was committed to renewing his brand.

Maake kaNcube shared, “I’ve had conversations with him, and he had so much that he was looking forward to doing. He had hopes of the opportunity to do all those things that he wanted to do and really cleaning up his name, so to speak as well.”

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Interestingly, Ngema played a pivotal role in Maake kaNcube’s acting career. In 1981, Ngema co-wrote the political play “Woza Albert,” which helped launch Maake kaNcube’s journey as an actor.

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While Ngema’s passing cut short his path to redemption, it is important to remember the impact he had on the arts and the potential he had to create positive change. As we reflect on his life and legacy, let us acknowledge both his artistic contributions and the complexities that surrounded him.

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Yvonne Francis for SurgeZirc SA
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