Like Mother Like Son: Nosipho’s real-life son is Hlezipi’s brother Nthuthuko on Uzalo
Nompilo Maphumulo, a South African actress, plays the role of Nosipho Xulu on SABC 1 most-watched soapie opera Uzalo. Onset the Nosipho role is the daughter of MaNgcobo and Nkunzi, she is characterized by boldness, business acumen and Gender-Based Violence survival.
It runs in the blood, so they say, Nompilo had a privilege to feature her biological son on Uzalo, Luyanda Maphumulo, who played the role of Nthuthuko. Ntuthako character is a nagging school-going young brother to Hlezipi (role played by Sibongiseni Shezi) who always seeks to cause trouble by following his sister to a saloon workplace asking for money.
Luyanda Maphumulo and Nompilo Maphumulo
Luyanda Maphumulo and mother Nompilo Maphumulo : Image Credit (Instagram)
Well known for uplifting local talent in KwaMashu, the Uzalo scriptwriters Stained Glass TV snapped young actor Luyanda Maphumulo and offered him a scholarship to pursue his acting career.
Luyanda doesn’t want to walk in her mother’s shadow forever; he is currently studying a film directing qualification under his father’s guidance, who is also a film director. After finishing his studies, he is set to become South Africa’s youngest film director.
Currently, Nosipho is playing a storyline she described as her best to play onscreen. She is in an abusive relationship with Njeza. Despite protecting her abuser through hiding scars and playing nice to him, she continues to be his punching bag, a condition described as Trauma Bonding by Uzalo show producers.
Abuse is an uncomfortable topic, yet it is a reality for some. Abuse comes in many forms & its effects can be damaging. As we delve deeper into this storyline, we hope to enlighten viewers and inspire those affected by abuse to make positive changes. – Uzalo
“This goes down in my history books as the best storyline I have ever played in my career; it depicts my passion for advocacy against Gender-Based Violence. The show producers tasked me to research the topic, and I discovered a lot of painful statistics in South Africa. It’s a privilege to play such an educational role; I hope to make as much impact as I can in society.”