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Nothando Ngcobo, ‘Hlelo’ from Uzalo Was Abused In Real Life

Nothando Ngcobo

Nothando Ngcobo, ‘Hlelo’ from Uzalo Was Abused In Real Life

Nothando Ngcobo

Uzalo’s Hlelo, real name, Nothando Ngcobo, is acting her life of domestic violence that she experienced as she grew up.

Ngcobo sacrificed her real-life character in order to bag the Uzalo gig, she revealed. It was not easy to fit into the Hlelo character as it brought sad memories for her.

In Uzalo, Hlelo represents a broken soul, who moved from the harsh conditions of the streets to a victim of domestic abuse.

According to her, she acts out how South African women and children suffer at the hands of men.

Ngcobo said one day when her acting career comes to an end, she wants to be remembered for the advocacy role she played to educate the country about domestic violence.

Acting Career

Nothando Ngcobo plays the role of Hlelo on SABC 1 soapie Uzalo and Prudence Thabethe on Lingashoni.

Despite struggling to make ends meet, Hlelo showed resilience till she helped dying Gabisile role played by Baby Cele who returned the favour by changing Hlelo’s life forever.

Nothando Ngcobo early life

Ngcobo was born in Hammarsdale a township in Mpumalanga, she moved to Joburg to study for her Degree in Media and Creative Arts.

Hlelo was rejected by Generations The Legacy

The 26-year-old is proof that hard work, resilience and patience pays off in life.

In the early stages of her acting career, Nothando encountered a lot of abuse and rejection in the industry.

Before she bagged the Uzalo gig, Hlelo was auditioned for Generations The Legacy as a supporting cast member and was rejected by the show producers because she “didn’t fit the character”.

The role was later filled by Buntu Petse who plays the role of Nontle Majola the biological daughter of Ayanda Majola and Tau Mogale .

Describing the rejection ordeal, Nothando revealed that she nearly gave up acting despite it being what she wanted to do since childhood.

“ In the early stages of my career, I suffered a lot of rejection and humiliation to the extent of nearly giving up on my dream.

“But I trust God wanted me to go through all that so that when He raise me.

I glorify His name, I have managed to overcome rejection through prayer and accepting that some of the jobs I had auditioned for were just not for me at the time”, she said.

Ngcobo paid tribute to her mentor, award-winning actor Abdul Khoza who played roles on Isibaya, Uzalo and recently Kings of Joburg.

Nothando is currently dating an unnamed boyfriend who she always thanks for support and encouragement.

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