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02/10/2022

Actors Tony Kgoroge, Phindile Gwala reportedly return to Imbewu'Sources from Imbewu: The Seed' reveal producers brought back actors Tony Kgoroge and Phindile Gwala, who played Zimele and Fikile Bhengu.

by Rae Seleme

02-10-2022 09:50

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Former Imbewu: The Seed' actors Tony Kgoroge and Phindile Gwala as Zimele Bhengu and Fikile Bhengu. Images via Twitter @etvImbewu

Popular actors Tony Kgoroge and Phindile Gwala, who played father-daughter Zimele Bhengu and Fikile Bhengu have reportedly returned to e.tv's telenovela Imbewu: The Seed.

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Remember what happened the last time Zimele found out about Mazulu and Phakade? #Imbewu, Mondays Fridays at 9.30PM pic.twitter.com/s6AGBA6fjl

@etv (@etv) August 11, 2020

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FIKILE AND ZIMELE BHENGU RESURRECTED? City Press reveals that producers of e.tv telenovela Imbewu: The Seed have allegedly resurrected dead characters Zimele Bhengu and Fikile Bhengu, played by actors Tony Kgoroge and Phindile Gwala to boost ratings.

Kgoroge, who portrayed the character of Zimele Ngcolosi Bhengu, exited the show in 2020 while Gwala's character Fikile was cut short in November 2021.

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A crew member told the publication that Zimele will return and Kgoroge is allegedly back on set, filming for his grand return.

Tony has started filming on set with the other actors for his return. They needed to bring him back because the viewership numbers are not doing very well and they had to bring him back.

However, Kgoroge who reportedly left the show due to salary disputes denied that he was back with Imbewu when contacted.

I am not filming anything with Imbewu now. They have not approached me or anything like that, he said.

Another source revealed that former Muvhango actress Phindile Gwala-Ngandu whose character committed suicide a year ago has also returned.

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Phindile has a following that watches the show and her presence on the show was felt because of her fan base, plus she is a good-looking person, and a gap on the show was felt [after she left], the source added.

Zimele has been gunned down, who shot Zimele? #Imbewu, tonight at 9.30PM pic.twitter.com/PJaZhsLMpa

@etv (@etv) August 17, 2020

IMBEWU: THE SEED' MUM ON ACTORS ALLEGED RETURN E.tv's spokesperson Thapelo Ramatsui did not yet respond to City Press at the time of publishing this article.

It is also believed the show is bringing back old actors after a group of KwaZulu-Natal organisations threatened to block filming after the show made drastic cost-cutting measures, which led to more than 80 casts and crew leaving the Durban-based show within a year.

City Press reported in June that the Ethekwini District United Organisations complained that Imbewu: The Seed did not use proper isiZulu on the show and was instead using what it termed Gauteng lingua .

The group also complained that the actors' departure' had affected the storyline of the show.

TVSA reports that Imbewu received 4.4 million viewers in August 2020 when Kgoroge left the show, was on 3.8 million in August 2021 when Gwala was still part of the show, and is currently on 3 million viewers in August 2022.

ALSO READ: She's incompetent': Imbewu: The Seed' fires Phindile Gwala (Fikile)

There s a certain Bhengu secret that will leave the world of #Imbewu rocking. #Imbewu TONIGHT at 9:30PM pic.twitter.com/CWO0kH1Mfu

Imbewu (@etvImbewu) October 19, 2021

ALSO READ:EDUO may block Imbewu' over departures of 80 cast & crew members

Fikile pops a BIG question to Nkululeko. #Imbewu TONIGHT at 9:30PM pic.twitter.com/wL6baoy2KI

Imbewu (@etvImbewu) June 21, 2021

#Imbewu @TonyKgoroge Please tell me that you are still part of the Imbewu cast, Zimele can't die Imbewu is nothing without Zimele pic.twitter.com/TcJjGy1N8u

Jabs (@JahLif) August 14, 2020

ALSO READ:Actress Lusanda Mbane confirms Imbewu: The Seed' departure

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