E.tv’s Scandal! actor Patrick Mofokeng has confirmed he’s returning to the soapie as Mlungisi Ngema after playing Mandla Cele in Lingashoni for eleven months.
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The Lingashoni actor Patrick Mofokeng, who played Mlungisi Ngema for seven years left ‘Scandal!’ in 2021 and was last seen by viewers by a riverside after being struck by his son-in-law Nhlamulo played by Mathews Rantshoma.
The 53-year-old actor reveals in his interview with Sowetan that returning to Scandal! has been exciting.
“When I left Scandal!, I needed [the] break. I needed to refresh and do other things after doing Scandal! for slightly over seven years. While away, I was really happy to be doing something different but now I am really happy to be back. For how long, I don’t know,” he said.
Mofokeng adds that he decided to reinstate his role after a conversation with Scandal! producers who first felt his exit was “not proper” and that there was still unfinished business with his storyline.
“I had embraced Mlungisi’s character so much that I think I became him. I would even come across people who would say how much I remind them of their own fathers or something like that. I became more of Mlungisi than King Sibiya from Zone 14. ”
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Mofokeng also tells the publication that when he left Scandal! he really wanted to go but the day he went back he realised how much he missed his on-screen family. Lindiwe and Omphile played by actresses Nomvelo Makhanya and Bothlale Boikanyo have literally become his children and he missed the fun of creating magic.
“People can expect to be shocked about the revelations surrounding my return,” he said.
The actor adds that a lot of hard work had to go into separating his Lingashoni role Mandla Cele and Mlungisi Ngema.
“And it was difficult, I must admit because I am one person. But I tried to make Mandla a bit different because he was speaking more English on the show, the movement and all the significant signs. Mlungisi is a rigid Zulu man.”
“I have enjoyed the challenge of portraying Mandla, enjoyed the character and it’s been well received. Although I think it was on the wrong channel, looking at the story and the actors involved – but it’s been a great journey for me.”
Mlungisi will appear on Scandal! Next Monday, 11 July.