Where to see the cast of Shaka iLembe on Showmax

By Xabiso Ngqabe22 November 2023

Where to see the cast of Shaka iLembe on Showmax

After years in the making, the anticipated premiere of the historical epic Shaka iLembe launched on Mzansi Magic on 18 June 2023, and concluded on 3 September 2023. And, from 4 December 2023, it will be available to binge-watch on Showmax!

The 12-part series tells the story of the famous Zulu King and the events that shaped his remarkable life, with iterations from his early childhood through to adulthood.

But while you wait, you can catch the cast of Shaka iLembe in a tonne of other shows and movies, all on Showmax, including Isibaya, The Wife, Entangled, The River, Gomora, No Love Lost, Tell Me Sweet Something, and Umkhokha.

See the cast of Shaka iLembe in these shows and movies on Showmax. 

Nomzamo Mbatha

Nomzamo Mbatha on Isibaya on Showmax
Nomzamo Mbatha (left) on Isibaya

Hollywood success Nomzamo Mbatha plays Queen Nandi, the revered mother of Shaka in Shaka iLembe. The superstar actress who’s had Hollywood acclaim is also executive producer on this series, helmed by award-winning producers Bomb Productions.

Mbatha is no stranger to our screens, having played Moratiwa in the hit movie Tell Me Sweet Something and the fan-favourite character of Thandeka in the popular South African series Isibaya. She went on to earn an AMAA nomination for Tell Me Sweet Something and a SAFTA nomination for her role on Isibaya.

Watch Nomzamo Mbatha in Isibaya now »

Lemogang Tsipa

Lemogang Tsipa in The Republic Season 2

The incredibly talented actor Lemogang Tsipa plays the titular role of King Shaka Zulu, the protagonist everyone is waiting to see: the adult Shaka. 

The actor starred in the heartfelt movie Beyond The River, before starring in hit shows like Isithembiso, The Republic S2 and Blood Psalms.

Watch Lemogang Tsipa in The Republic S2 now »

Thembinkosi Mthembu

Thembinkosi Mbethu as Bonga in Adulting
Thembinkosi Mthembu as Bonga in Adulting

The River and The Republic S1 star Thembinkosi Mthembu portrays King Dingiswayo in Shaka iLembe.

If you haven’t watched the latest Showmax Original series Adulting, you don‘t want to miss Mthembu’s leading role in this sexy and thrilling show about modern-day struggles in South Africa. He is also starring in the Showmax Original, Outlaws, now streaming on Showmax, with new episodes every Wednesday.

Get ready to see Thembinkosi Mthembu in Outlaws »

Abdul Khoza 

Abdul Khoza also stars in this ensemble cast. 

Khoza’s career kicked off when he won the second season of Class Act and is now widely known for his role as Qaphela in the long running soap opera Isibaya, which earned him his first SAFTA. He’s had roles in shows like The Road, Ring of Lies and Nqobile but it’s his role as Nqoba in The Wife that gave him wide acclaim more recently when he was rightfully acknowledged for his second SAFTA win.

Watch Abdul Khoza in The Wife now »

Mondli Makhoba

Mondli Makhoba is also part of the Shaka iLembe cast.

You’ll probably recognise Mondli Makhoba for his portrayal of Nkosana in The Wife and in other shows like Umkhokha, Isithembiso and eHostela.

Watch Mondli Makhoba in The Wife now »

Wiseman Mncube

Wiseman Mncube as Mqhele in The Wife Season 3 on Showmax
Wiseman Mncube as Mqhele in The Wife Season 3

Wiseman Mncube plays the role of King Zwide in Shaka iLembe.

Mncube is well known for his SAFTA-winning role as Jama in eHostela. He also played the role of Mqhele on The Wife S3.

Watch Wiseman Mncube in The Wife now »

Dawn Thandeka King

Dawn Thandeka King as Thandiwe and Nozuko Ncayiyane as Nox in DiepCity on Showmax
Dawn Thandeka King as Thandiwe (left) in DiepCity

A familiar face on our screens, Dawn Thandeka King plays the role of Mkabayi in Shaka iLembe.

She’s had roles in shows like iNkaba but it’s her SAFTA-winning role as MaZ in Lockdown that had everyone talking about her, as well as her recent role in telenovela DiepCity.

Watch Dawn Thandeka King in DiepCity now »

Sthandiwe Kgoroge

Sthandiwe Kgoroge
in Umkhokha on Showmax
Sthandiwe Kgoroge (far right) in Umkhokha

Sthandiwe Kgoroge (wife to actor Tony Kgoroge) is also part of Shaka iLembe’s star-studded cast and plays Queen Mthaniya.

She’s known for her role in Umkhokha and has also been on Impilo: The Scam and The Road.

Watch Sthandiwe Kgoroge in Umkhokha now »

Senzo Radebe

Gomora Season 4 on Showmax
Senzo Radebe (bottom right) in Gomora Season 4

Senzo Radebe takes on the role of Senzangakhona in Shaka iLembe. 

The actor is quickly becoming a household name, thanks to his roles in hit shows like Abomama, Ring of Lies and Ifalakhe. You can also catch this talented actor in his most recent roles in Gomora and Entangled.

Watch Senzo Radebe in Gomora now »

Hope Mbhele

Hope Mbhele in Goodbye Gogo on Showmax
Hope Mbhele in Goodbye Gogo

Hope Mbhele plays Baleka in Shaka iLembe. 

Mbhele first melted our collective hearts with her portrayal of Mabusi in the Mzansi Magic drama series Umkhokha. The actress has previously starred in Showmax movies No Love Lost and Goodbye Gogo. She is now reprising her role as Mabusi in Umkhokha, which has been turned into a telenovela titled Umkhokha: The Curse. 

Watch Hope Mbhele in Goodbye Gogo now »

More like Shaka iLembe to watch while you wait

Outlaws | Now streaming

Set in the lush but lawless land on the border between Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal, Outlaws is the story of two families at war with each other: the Zulu, cattle-farming Biyela clan and the Basotho, cattle-raiding Ts’eoles. 

South Africa’s first modern-day Western series, Outlaws is created by Tshedza Pictures’ Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon. The team has won five Best Scriptwriting SAFTAs in the past four years for smash hit shows like The Republic and The River, which was also nominated for an International Emmy. Outlaws is Tshedza’s second Showmax Original, building on the success of Adulting, which set a record for the most first-day views of any drama on the streaming service in March 2023. 

Fresh faces Lehlohonolo Mayeza and Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku co-star as Leruo Ts’eole and Sihle Biyela. Also look out for two-time SAFTA nominee Siyabonga Shibe (The Wife, Gaz’lam) as the Biyela patriarch and Mmabatho Mogomotsi (Snowey in Yizo Yizo) as the Ts’eole matriarch, not to mention the likes of SAFTA nominee Nolwazi Shange (The River), Men’s Health Cover Guy Challenge winner Mnqobi Kunene (How To Manifest a Man)  and man-of-the-moment Thembinkosi Mthembu (Adulting, Shaka iLembe, The River).  

Multi-award-winner Tebogo “Tebza” Malope directs the first two episodes, having won the Audience Award at Tribeca earlier this year for Rise: The Siya Kolisi Story.

The Woman King

The Woman King is inspired by the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the West African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s. Shot in South Africa and Ghana with Moonlighting, The Woman King follows the epic journey of General Nanisca (Oscar winner Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits in preparation for battle against colonialists determined to destroy their way of life. Also look out for local stars Thuso Mbedu, Siv Ngesi, Sheila Atim, Masali Baduza and Zozibini Tunzi.


As King Khombindlela leads his warriors into a fateful battle, both wives give birth to sons. But when a prophet declares that one son is his rightful heir and the other evil, the king has an impossible decision to make.


Omen is on Showmax

A high flying lawyer has his life turned upside down when he discovers that he comes from a long line of witches whose men have ruled the supernatural world of the five tribes. Will he answer his true calling?

Blood Psalms | Showmax Original

In Ancient Africa, the young Princess Zazi must save herself and her people from the end of the world. She faces warring tribes, angry gods – and her own father in this groundbreaking fantasy epic.

Igazi S1-2

Igazi is on Showmax

In this popular drama series, the war for the kingdom continues, with Bantu fighting to hold onto everything he loves and Nomarashiya scheming to reclaim what’s hers.

Mkhonto | Showmax Film

When a herd boy becomes possessed by the spirit of a great Zulu chief and warrior, a battle for the throne ensues to right all the wrongs of the past in the sacred kingdom.


Induku is on Showmax

Khethiwe defies her father in order to save her family by secretly entering her community’s biggest stick-fighting tournament.


Umnisamvula is on Showmax

Rejected by his father for being blind, Zanemvula grew up an outcast. Little does his family know that blindness is not all he was born with: he can summon the rain. Will he use his power to save the people who rejected him?

More telenovelas and soaps to stream online »

All episodes of Shaka iLembe land on 4 December on Showmax. Mzansi Magic has already ordered a second season.

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