The character Mlungisi, portrayed by Nkanyiso Mchunu in the show Imbewu: The Seed, left viewers of Umkhokha: The Curse in tears with his sudden exit in the episode aired on Thursday, 21 September.
The Reason Behind Mlungisi’s Suicide
Mlungisi, also known as Mkhululu, ended his life by jumping off a building after a party with his brothers Khulekani and Siphamandla. This tragic event was foreshadowed when Mvelase’s portrait fell before Mlungisi and his wife Nokubonga could announce their pregnancy, signaling an impending dark cloud over the family.
Mkhululu is the third member of the Mzobe family to commit suicide, following Baba MZobe and his first-born daughter Xolile. The family is believed to be under a curse caused by Mamzobe, who failed to perform the necessary rituals after the suicides of her husband and daughter.
Mlungisi’s death was also a result of him ignoring his father Mvelase’s warning to step down and let his brother Sphamandla lead the church. His mother Mamzobe manipulated him into not listening to this advice, as she had plans to steal from the church.
Rumors and Speculations
There were rumors that Mlungisi was written off from the show after collapsing on set due to reporting late for duty and being frequently intoxicated. However, he dismissed these rumors in a recent interview.
Following Mlungisi’s death, it was revealed that either Khulekani or Siphamandla must perform the ritual of lashing his body to remove the family curse.
Nkanyiso Mchunu, who exited Umkhokha: The Curse with this tragic episode, has joined Mzansi Magic’s upcoming telenovela My Brother’s Keeper.
Viewers mourned the loss of Mlungisi’s character on social media. Some expressed their sadness over his death, while others praised Nkanyiso Mchunu’s brilliant acting skills. Despite the controversy surrounding his character’s exit, many viewers are looking forward to seeing him in his new role.