After his near-fatal car accident in downtown Jozi last year, Muvhango actor Senzo Radebe bounces back with a deadly car crash driver role on the new SABC1 drama series Ingozi.
“I play Dali Ndamase, the son and only kid from a wealthy family whose parents push him to get university education while he only wants to play rugby. He is a kid who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth but at 21, he does not really see eye-to-eye with his parents; he is a rebel,” said Radebe about his character.
The crunch comes when a heavily sloshed Dali crashes his luxury car and kills a number of people, with the survivors left to fight for their lives in hospital. “It’s just coincidental but no more of a blessing that I got the role after experiencing the trauma of a life-threating accident myself.
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“I didn’t even know about the drama until my boss at Muvhango (Duma Ndlovu) saw a picture of me and decided I should go for audition, boom, I was cast to play the Xhosa spoilt brat.”
The Zulu-speaking actor is a student at the International Fitness School and Academy in Sandton, north of Jozi.
He was walking near the bustling and busy Noord Street taxi rank in the Joburg CBD when the accident occurred in July last year. He was crossing the street when two taxis collided and he was sandwiched between them.
He was taken to hospital .
Radebe, 22, said viewers and his Muvhango fans would be surprised by his fluency when speaking Xhosa.
Born in Smero in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, Radebe grew up in Alexandra, north of Joburg. He speaks several other languages.
Radebe can also be seen in the forthcoming theatre production of the musical The Bodyguard that is scheduled to tour the country next month.
Muvhango creator Ndlovu is the executive producer of the drama series Ingozi.
lCatch Ingozi on SABC1, starting on Sunday, February 12, at 7.30pm