Uzalo: Manzuza & Smangele’s funeral to air this Friday – see pictures!


SABC 1’s viewers will enjoy a special treat on Friday 16 February 2018 – when their favourite drama series, Uzalo, presents an hour-long special from 20h30 – 21h30. The double episode feature covers the funeral ceremony of the late Manzunza and Smangele, played by Leleti Khumalo and Sihle Ndaba respectively.

The funeral service is a send-off that no one expected 5will happen. People have to hold on to their faith, some on their weapons to make sure that they stay alive and breathing. It is one of those days that one wants to forget but it will remain unforgettable. It is engraved in every member of the community’s mind. There is a lesson to be learned from this. But will it be learned? That remains to be seen.

The funeral ceremony itself will be an elaborate affair attended by the who’s who from all walks of life within the KZN community.

Viewers will recognise familiar faces at the event including those of their favourite celebrities like: Babes Wodumo & Mampintja, Tzozo, The Legacy, Selbeyonce, Zodwa Wabantu, Destruction Boyz, Dumi Mkostad and many others.

Guest stars at the funeral event includes legendary actor, Kid Sithole, who plays the role of Pastor Goba and Dudu Khoza as the MC. The current Mayor of Durban, Zandile Gumede, will make an appearance there as a community representative.

Several former Uzalo characters have cleared their diaries to ensure that they honour this important occasion: Mkhonto, Advocate Zulu, Mabuza, Sibahle, Mumsy, Gundi, and Jabulile.

Veteran gospel singer, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, will lead the congregants with a rousing rendition of soothing gospel melodies.

The special episode will amongst others explore the topical theme of violence against women.

(From Left to right) Gabi Zikhali (Baby Cele), Pastor Mdletshe (Glen Gabela) Mxolisi (Naymaps), Samkelisiwe (Zimiphi “Zimdollar” Biyela). A behind-the-scenes shot of Uzalo actors mourning the death of popular characters Manzuza (Leleti Khumalo) and Smangele (Sihle Ndaba) at a funeral service. Photo Cred: Ant Eye Photography
Controversial influencer and socialite Zodwa Wabantu alongside Ukhozi FM radio host Selby “Selbeyonce” Mkhize and Destruction Boyz member Zipho Mthembu attend an Uzalo funeral service. Photo Cred: Ant Eye Photography


Catch the hour-long TV Special on SABC 1 this Friday 16 February 2018, from 20h30!