The South African entertainment industry has lost yet another great entertainer: award- winning actor Menzi Ngubane who played numerous leading roles in local TV dramas, including ‘Generations’ passed away following complications from a stroke on Saturday.

As fans, family and colleagues mourn the loss of the actor, the roles he played on television will forever live in our hearts and minds.

Here are 3 of his most memorable roles.

1. Mazwi in Ubambo Lwami

It was in 1989 when Ngubaneinvented the phrase “Pha woo” in a show that was based on a love-triangle between David, Bheka and Thoko’s gangster brother, Mazwi.


2. Sibusiso “Ngamla” Dhlomo on Generations
When Generations was still Generations! Menzi played Ngamla, an alcoholic father and husband who disapproved of his gay son. He was married to Ntombi and they had the most beautiful relationship on TV in the 90’s.
Other iconic roles on the show during his time were Seputla Sebogodi who played Kenneth Mashaba. Mashaba invented the phrase “abore hwa”. Sadly Generations hasn’t been the same since the 16 Generations actors exited the show.


3.  Judas Ngwenya on Isibaya
His longest, villainous role on TV was perhaps on Isibaya where he played Judas Ngwenya for four seasons. Judas was a ruthless, heartless taxi boss who killed whoever got in his way. He’s the one that ended Thandeka Zungu’s life, played by the legendary Nomzamo Mbatha. The war between the Ngwenyas and Zungus blew up when Juda’s daughter fell in love with Jabulani Zungu. Judas wanted nothing to do with the Zungu’s but his daughter was adamant they make peace. In the end, his own son killed him because Judas killed his daughter-in-law.

Rest In Peace to the legendary Menzi Ngubane, thanks for the wonderful memories.