The former The River actor has been cast in MNet’s Legacy SA. Lunga Shabalala will join The Legacy to play lead actor Msizi’s son. Msizi is played by Isibaya actor Siyabonga Thwala.
MNet’s The Legacy made its premier last year with some of South Africa’s biggest names in the cast including Kgomotso Christopher and Siyabonga Thwala. Lunga Shabalala is set to join the list of cast members as Siyabonga Thwala’s on screen model C son. Major open door for the actor!
Lunga Shabalala joins cast of Legacy SA
The actor made his acting debut on 1 Magic’s The River as Lindani Dlomo However, the actor’s role come to an end last year when he was written off. His on screen character ended in tragedy when his wife, Tumi played by Larona Moagi cheated on him with his cousin. Weeks after the revelation he died in an accident. At the end of his stint, Lunga Shabalala revealed that he had something in the works.
“I can’t reveal much at this stage. But I have another project coming up, which will be revealed soon. I look forward to what God has in store for me,” he said.
Now the cat is out of the bag- Lunga Shabalala joining Legacy SA!
This will be his second acting pick after The River. Unfortunately during his tenure with The River, Lunga was met with harsh criticism with people criticising him and saying he was a terrible actor. However the actor took it all in a stride.
“The River was an amazing experience and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing team. I’ve definitely made friends and family for life there, You can’t stop your life because of the fear of what people will say because they always have something to say, There were people who showed me love, especially with the cheating storyline.
I received a lot of compliments from people who saw my improvement,”
Lunga Shabalala is not the only actor on The River to have faced criticism till the very end of their role with the telenovela. Larona Moagi who plays Tumi faced the same criticism from a fellow colleague, Moshidi Motshegwa to the point of Moshidi leaving the soapie. However, the actress weathered the storm to the end of her 2 year career with The River
Before his stint With the River, Lunga Shabalala was best known for his presenting prowess on SABC 1’s Selimathunzi which he left in 2017 just before joining The River.