Actor Menzi Ngubane and father to be laid to rest

Actor Menzi Ngubane and father to be laid to rest



The funeral of veteran screen actor Menzi Ngubane will be held on Saturday, 20 March 2021. Ngubane’s father uBaba Ndodeni will also be laid to rest alongside him, during a joint funeral, which was announced earlier in the week. The funeral will take place at his hometown of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.

Ngubane died after suffering a stroke on Saturday, 13 March 2021. The actor was 56 years-old. His father died just days later. The actor leaves behind his wife and two daughters.

Ngubane has been gracing South African screens since the late 1980s, featuring prominently in TV dramas like Yizo Yizo, Isibaya and Generations.


Family, friends and the acting fraternity paid tribute to Ngubane during a memorial service at the Assemblies Of God Sandton Church on Thursday.

Sonia Sedibe on Menzi Ngubane: ‘He had presence’

While Menzi Ngubane boasts an impressive work history, many South Africans remember him for his role as the ruthless businessman Sibusiso Dhlomo on the hit soapie Generations. Fellow actress Sonia Sedibe, who played Ngubane’s wife on the show was visibly emotional as she spoke about his generosity and presence.

“That presence. I’m sure we all felt it. We all saw it, we all heard it. That’s Menzi Ngubane. Strong in presence and he’ll make his presence felt,” she said.

Another actor Thato Mulamu, who also worked with Ngubane on Generations, praised him for fighting for his colleagues.

“Menzi Ngubane fought and stood with us from 2013/4 and he still to this day believed the industry itself would change and build families, because it is very important that if you are giving of yourself and your children are watching you 20 years from now, they should benefit from the work that you’ve given,” he said.

Ngubane has been praised for being at the forefront of a fight for better pay, for him and his Generations co-stars.

Desiree Markgraaff, who worked with Ngubane on Isibaya, one of his most recent productions, also paid tribute to the star.


The country has been mourning the passing of legendary actor Menzi Ngubane. Fans, friends, and colleagues have taken to social media to pay tribute to the actor.


It came as a surprise as Sonia Mbele, who played Menzi’s onscreen husband on Generations posted nothing about his passing until recently. Taking to Twitter, the actress revealed why she took so long to post about Ngamla’s untimely death.While a guest on Phat Joe’s Cheeky Palate beside Skeem Saam actor Cedric Fourie, Joe Kazadi, and psychologist Buyisile Mncina. These guests touched on the challenges parents face when it comes to co-parenting and single parenthood.

Sonia Mbele’s marriage to ex-husband lawyer Leslie Sedibe became the highlight of the show and as always Phat Joe’s questions triggered Sonia.


The panel was talking about finances in raising children and that topic became a bit too personal for Sonia, as she was once accused of marrying Leslie for his ‘millions.’


People have always said Sonia married for money, I’m like where? That guy earned a salary. He went to work, would take his suitcase with him, come home and then earn his salary at the end of the month. He was never a BEE or tenderpreneur, we both earned a salary.”The topic got a bit too much for Sonia as she almost broke down, but held back her tears and continued venting. She said their marriage and divorce was very ugly.

“Who am I married to? When you wake up and then feel like ‘I love you today, but then I hate you tomorrow’ type of thing. It doesn’t make sense how it could be that ugly.

There was a time when we did not speak for years, and I am comfortable talking about this now, but there was a time when I wasn’t. The reason I am comfortable about this now is because my kids are grown and old enough to know, decipher, asses and decide…what I am saying now will no longer be a shocker to them,” she opened up.

Speaking about the nitty-gritty of their marriage, Sonia revealed that her husband Leslie made her quit her job on Generations as Ntombi because he was not comfortable with seeing her getting intimate with another man. Sonia played Ntombi on the previous Generations from 2003 up until 2009. Her reason for quitting the show was because her relationship with onscreen husband Sibusiso Dlomo, played by Menzi Ngubane was too uncomfortable for Leslie.

Sonia then revealed that he started off by restricting her from watching the soapie to then asking her to quit. His controlling ways were too much for Sonia to handle so she then had her mother mediate to try and find common ground.

Sonia and Leslie tied the knot in 2006 after dating for a couple of years. Their fairytale marriage became sour and was hanging by a thread, till the couple who have three children decided to call it quits in 2014 after being together for 8 years