Former The Queen actor Zolisa Xaluva – who just exited Gomora as Melusi Dlamini has finally addressed his departure from the telenovela.
The actor recently revealed in his interview with TshisaLIVE that he left because of his tight schedule and left on good terms.
ZOLISA XALUVA: INSIDE HIS DEPARTURE
Viewers of Gomora were devastated when they learned that their favourite actor Zolisa Xaluva – who played Melusi Dlamini in the show left the telenovela.
M-Net’s local entertainment director -Shirley Adonisi confirmed in a statement with TshisaLIVE that Xaluva was going off-screen and thanked him for his contribution to the series.
“Telenovelas are designed to carry different key story arcs and these evolve seasonally.”
“It, therefore, goes without saying that characters come and go. Gomora season three was based on a love triangle built around Melusi, Thati, and Gladys.”
“Season three culminated with Melusi losing Thati to another man and divorcing Gladys.”
“In season three the major story plot is centred around Sonto’s devastation as she is forced to watch Thati becoming the worst version of herself.”
” Mzansi Magic would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Zoliswa Xaluva for his contribution to the success of Gomora seasons one and two by bringing the Melusi character to life.”
“We are also in awe of Buyile Mdladla’s sterling performance as Phumlani in season two.”
“We look forward to working with Zoliswa and Buyile in the future.”
The star hinted he would soon make a return to the show, saying his tight schedule made it “tough to shoot Gomora” this year.
“We decided to put a reset button on the character. Melusi drifted from being an upstanding member of society and became a philanderer.”
“Writing mistakes were made, like the character development was inconsistent with the principles and gains acquired in season one.”
“The story of his imprisonment is a chance at redemption. The departure has been amicable and we all look forward to the possibility of a return.”
The former Generations actor is shooting a Netflix feature film –where he portrays a football player who plays for one of the big three clubs in SA.
The multilingual actor also stars in Showmax’s series – Blood Psalms – where he plays the general of an ancient army. The series will air in May!
He’s also nominated in this year’s DStv’s Viewers Choice Awards in the ‘Best Actor’ category.
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