The Wife is a series on Showmax which follows the life of eight brothers who are a part of the taxi industry and lead a life of crime. They are involved in a feud with the Majola brothers.
The first season is inspired by the novel Hlomu the Wife by Dudu Busani-Dube. The book was published in 2015 and sold out in 2022.
Hlomu, one of the main characters, is played by Mbalenhle Mavimbela. She is married to Mqhele, one of the Zulu brothers.
Season 2 is inspired by a follow-up novel called Zandile the Resolute. Khanyi Mbau plays the character of Zandile. She is married to the firstborn of the Zulu Brothers, Nkosana.
The Wife is produced by Stained Glass, the production company behind shows such as eHostela and Uzalo.
Sadly, however, Season 3 of The Wife will be the final season.
Hlomu The Wife – Cast Names and Pictures
Mondli plays the role of Nkosana Zulu, the oldest of 8 brothers. His parents were murdered tragically in his presence, leaving him to raise his brothers and become the breadwinner. He has always gone out of his way to protect his brothers.
Mondli is a 44-year-old actor, poet, businessman and motivational speaker. He is married with 5 children. Born in Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mondli has appeared on shows such as Uzalo, Imbewu and eHostela.
Abdul plays the role of Nqoba Zulu. He is the 2nd born of the Zulu Brothers and feels that Nkosana never listens to him; even though he helped to raise the brothers, he still feels side-lined.
He tries, by all means, to prove himself to Nkosana, but he is never taken seriously.
Abdul was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal and is 37 years of age. He is the younger brother of Sthembiso Khoza.
Abdul has featured in television roles such as Isibaya, King’s of Joburg, and Uzalo, to name a few.
Bonko plays the role of Mqhele Zulu. Mqhele takes an interest in Hlomu, whom he later controls and abuses.
He uses Hlomu as a punching bag, which leads to her miscarriage. Mqhele’s anger and frustrations he takes out on Hlomu are a build-up of the pain he endured watching his parents being murdered.
He saw what no child was supposed to see, and this has haunted him for all these years.
Bonko is 31 years old, and he is an actor as well as a voice-over artist. He also appears in the drama series 13 Weeks to Find Mr Right.
Kwenzo plays the role of Qhawe Zulu. Qhawe initially saw Hlomu first and was too scared to make the first move.
He felt so betrayed by Mqhele when he discovered that he was also interested in her.
Kwenzo was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal and he is 32 years old. He has made an appearance on Mbewu: The seed.
Sipho plays the role of Sambulo Zulu in The Wife. His character does not talk much but is a man of action.
He is the brother that consistently gets the family out of sticky situations but never brags about it. He does not receive recognition for his sacrifices for his brothers, but he never seeks appreciation because that is not the type of person he is.
Sambulo Zulu also finds love, but his world gets turned upside down when the love of his life, his nephew and Mpande, are all killed on the same day.
Sipho is 36 years old, has a BA degree in communications and also studied drama at the University of Limpopo.
Previously, he’s appeared on shows such as The Queen and Isibaya. He is an actor, writer, advertising content developer, and upcoming film producer.
He plays the role of Mqoqi Zulu, bridging the gap between the older Zulu brothers and the younger ones.
Thulane is 29 years old, and he was born in Pretoria but later relocated to Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Ishmauel plays the role of Mpande Zulu. Mpande was brutally shot and murdered by their rival, the Majola brothers.
He was killed alongside Mvelo, Nkosana’s son, and Jabu, who was involved with Sambulo.
Ishmauel is 25 years old and well-known for his role as Sabelo on Rhythm City.
Swelihle plays the role of Ntsika Zulu. Ntsika is the last born of the Zulu brothers. He looks up to his brothers and wants to be involved in their dealings.
Swelihle is 25 years old and was born in Durban. He is an actor and voice-over artist and has appeared on eHostela and London Recruits.
Mbalenhle plays the role of Hlomu, who is married to Mqhele. She is a journalist who later discovers the dark secrets of the Zulu brothers.
Hlomu is the glue that keeps the brothers together. Ever since her arrival into Mqhele’s life, she has turned their house into a home.
Mbalenhle is 25 years old and has appeared on shows such as Isibaya, Skeem Saam, and Isipho, to name a few. She has a net worth of R1.9million.
Siyabonga plays the role of Gwaza Majola in The Wife. After the death of his father and brother and the loss of all their taxis, he is out to seek revenge.
He and his brother are always plotting against the Zulu brothers. Siya is 44 years of age and was born in Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
He has made appearances on shows such as Scandal, Gaz-lam, Rockville, and Uzalo, to name a few. He is worth R1million.
Ntando plays the role of Geza Majola. Geza is just as vengeful as his brother, Gwaza. The two are inseparable and determined to bring the Zulu brothers down, but unfortunately, they lose the battle tragically.
Ntando is an actor, singer and dancer, which makes him a triple threat. He is 36 years old and was born in Ulundi, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Ntando Wiseman Mncube’s older brother, also an actor. Ntando has made appearances on shows such as Side Dish, Lock down, and Durban Gen, to name a few.
Thuli plays the role of Lerato, a journalist and Hlomu’s friend. This 28-year-old actress and DJ holds a marketing degree from the University of Johannesburg.
Thuli has made appearances on shows such as Makoti, Generations The Legacy, and Rockville, to name a few.
Her sudden exit from the show was allegedly due to her constant absenteeism from work.
Khumbulani Kay Sibiya
Kay plays the role of Sandile, a doctor and Hlomu’s unhappy fiancé. Kay is 34 years old and was born in Durban.
He has made appearances on shows such as Imbewu, Generations and Uzalo.
Kabelo plays the role of Lux. Lux is the Editor in Chief and Hlomu’s boss. Kabelo is 38 years old and was born in Kagiso, Gauteng.
He has appeared on shows such as The Queen, Generations, and The Throne.
Lindah plays the role of Langa. He is Hlomu’s fun twin brother, who always picks up the pieces when things go wrong for her.
Lindah is 25 years of age. He is a tik-tok star and is openly gay. The Wife was his first big acting break.
Khanyi plays the role of Zandile, who is married to Nkosana. Zandile has spent 10 years in prison for murdering her mother. Khanyi is 37 years old and was born in Soweto. She is an actress, singer, media personality and socialite.
Khanyi has appeared on shows such as Unmarried, Uzalo, Happiness Ever After, etc.
Gaisang plays the role of Naledi, who is Qhawe’s love interest. Naledi is a doctor who falls for Qhawe. She will later discover that the Zulu Brothers hold deep, dark secrets. Gaisang is 26 years old and was born in Gauteng.
Gaisang is a model, actress and YouTuber. She is known for her role as Mampho on House of Zwide.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Wife is a series that fans can watch on Showmax. Three new episodes are released every Thur.
Nkosana Zulu is the oldest of the Zulu brothers. He has become the head parent ever since their parents passed away.
There are 8 Zulu brothers. Namely: Nkosana, Mqoqi, Nqoba, Mqhele, Sambulo, Mpande, Ntsika, and Qhawe.
Nkosana, as well as Mqhele, play the husband.
The Wife is based on a novel by Dudu Busani-Dube.
Sambulo was shot at the end of The Wife.
Mpande, Sambulo, Mvelo and Jabu are among the people who lose their lives.
Sambulo is 25 years old
Hlomu did indeed sleep with Qhawe. She was using him because she was hurting and wanted to get back at Mqhele.
Mpande was shot dead on the show.
It is rumoured that Sambulo is dead, but this is yet to be revealed in the 3rd and final season.