Diep City actress Zikhona Bali is biding her role as Asanda goodbye after two faithful years.
Many of the Telenovela’s viewers fell in love with her two-faced role. Asanda plays Pastor Charleston’s (Chrispen Nyathi) girlfriend Asanda, who is involved in many shady dealings. Not only that her character appears to be sweet but battles drug addiction.
Speaking about leaving Diep City Zikhona said to Sowetan: “If it were up to me, I wouldn’t be leaving DiepCity and a character I grew to love. But I understand that it’s the end of the road for Asanda much like all storylines,” says the multifaceted actor.
“I’ve never played the role of a pastor’s side chick who’s a criminal; with that role I had to navigate my feelings on how best to execute Asanda to viewers as authentic as possible. Asanda is dearly loved by those around her because at first, she seemed sweet and angelic only to turn out the exact opposite.
“She gets caught up in the land of dodgy dealings with her pastor boyfriend and battling drug addiction… how she’ll exit the show will certainly shake viewers.”
Zikhona continued speaking on her Journey in the industry saying: “Leaving this role is bittersweet for me because I’ve always worked on productions where I’d be filming for a few weeks whereas in DiepCity [which was my first ever telenovela] I was shooting a year and odd months, making it my longest stay on a set production.
“I’ve loved acting on the set, I’ve loved the people I worked with on the show and playing Asanda, but now I have to step away and find Zikhona again. This will help me get more on-screen opportunities that’ll be knocking on my door.”
Remember that Black Brain Pictures confirmed in an August interview that the telenovela will not return for a third season when its second season concludes in March 2023.
The production company also issued a statement revealing that the show was planned for two years and that the contract has expired.