A look at Lindiwe Ndlovu's most memorable acting roles


In Egoli, Stokvel, Soul City, Scandal! Isidingo, Backstage, Home Affairs.

The South African film and television industry has suffered a blow after actress Lindiwe Thembekani Ndlovu died at her home on Monday morning, Gaenor Artiste Management confirmed.

“It is with heavy hearts and unimaginable sadness that we bring you the news of Lindiwe Thembekani Ndlovu passing in her home on 11 January.

“Her bright, large burning light has gone out and we are devastated,” the agency. The cause of death remains unknown at this stage. Gaenor Artiste Management, which represented Ndlovu, hailed the multi-award winning actress, saying her passing would leave a “huge space in the creative world of acting”.

“To us, Lindiwe was family but to many she was so much more.

“An unsung incredible actress who will leave a huge space in the creative world of acting.”

“Her incredible passion, deep respect for her craft and unrivalled commitment to her career was evident in every project she took on.”

The agency also sent its condolences to Ndlovu’s family and friends.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends of which she had many.

“Lindiwe was part of the fabric of Gaenor Artist Management and things will not be the same without her.”

Her career spanned a decade in many roles, including in soapies such as Egoli, Stokvel, Soul City, Scandal! and Isidingo, Backstage, Ga Re Dumele and Home Affairs. Lindiwe Ndlovu also portrayed: MaKhumalo in eHostela.

The television series explored the dangerous and unpredictable world of paid assassins.

Ndlovu played the character MaKhumalo – also known as MaMkhize.

MaKhumalo is a mother of one of the assassins and she knows very well the life her child has chosen.

Her character struggles to decide when to reveal the secrecy of the underworld and potentially to save her son.


The movie, Safari, is set against the backdrop of SA wildlife where animals and poachers rule. A Zulu girl, Mbali, meets a US tourist group on safari.

Ndlovu played Mbali’s aunt as the group navigate hunting grounds and face the untamed wild.

Feature film Little One

This film, released in 2012, follows the story of a middle-aged woman named Pauline played by Ndlovu. She finds a battered child on the road and take her to hospital for treatment. Pauline then takes the child away to find out why she became a victim of violence. The film landed Ndlovu the Best Actress in a Feature Film award at the Saftas in 2013.


The most prominent role Ndlovu is known for is her portrayal of evil prison guard Sharon on Mzansi TV series Lockdown.

The hit prison drama, which aired in 2017, takes viewers into the daily battle for survival in the cells and offices of Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Facility.

– The Citizen

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