WATCH: Uzalo actress ‘Noxolo Mathula’ Lily Dongwe’s father dies
Uzalo actress Noxolo Mathula who plays the role of Lily Dongwe, has lost her father, Ngcebo Andrew Mathula. Noxolo announced her father’s death on Instagram; the family held a burial ceremony at their homestead in KwaMashu in Durban.
Speaking to Savannanews, Lily on Uzalo revealed that she lost her pillar of strength and source of inspiration. Without revealing the causes of his ultimate departure, she revealed that malume Ngcebo hadn’t been well for quite a long time.
‘He hasn’t been well for a long time; at times, he gets better for a while and falls sick again. We have lost our covering and provider, but I believe he is in a better place,’ she says.
Noxolo Mathula is not President Jacob Zuma’s daughter
Lily from Uzalo’s picture with former President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, at his Nkandla homestead, raised eyebrows that the two were father and daughter. Though Noxolo regards President Jacob Zuma as her father, she is not his biological daughter; she revealed that Jacob Zuma is the father to the vulnerable, and through his scholarships, she managed to attend school.
On Uzalo, actress Noxolo Mathula plays the role of Lily, a policewoman who hails from the humble Dongwe family. She inspires black and less privileged girls that no matter what lives throws at you, perseverance lies in victory. Over the storyline, she has experienced hunger, rejection, and humiliation, but she managed to conquer it all and remains uncompromised in what she believes in.
Condolences pour in for Noxolo’s loss.
Fellow Uzalo cast member Gugu Gumede who plays the role of MaMlambo on the SABC1 soapie opera, pays her respect for the passing of Lily’s father.