GENERATIONS is losing heart-throb Siyabonga Twala, aka Paul Mashaba.
Twala, right, will be gone by December. And the soapie’s followers will be distraught since this comes hard on the heels of the departure of Connie Ferguson (Karabo Moroka).
Ferguson, an original cast member who has been on the show for 16 years, is leaving next month.
Twala joined the cast in 2007.
He is said to be leaving because he is not happy with the direction the writers are taking with his character.
Generations associate producer Pulane Boesak confirmed that Twala resigned but denied that he was unhappy about the plot.
She said Twala was moving to KwaZulu-Natal to pursue other business interests. This would make it impossible for them to continue working together.
“He approached the producers and told them that he wanted to move to KwaZulu-Natal. He will always be part of the Generations family and the doors will always be open for him if he wants to come back.”
Boesak said Paul Mashaba would not be killed off.
Born and raised in Umlazi township in Durban, Twala began stage acting in 1989. In 1996, he made his screen debut in made-for-TV movie Born Free: A New Adventure. He also acted as Mfaniseni in SABC1′s Emzini Wezintsizwa, a popular comedy about life in hostels.
But it wasn’t until 2005 that he landed the leading role of newspaper publisher Vusi Zwane on e.tv’s Scandal! that his star shone. The following year he rocked the theatre with his role inThe Suitcase.
In October 2007 he won the Golden Horn for Best Actor in a TV Soapie at the second annual South African Film and Television Academy Awards (Saftas) for his role in Scandal!
Twala is yet to comment on where he stands
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