Gabriel Temudzani chats about bowing out of 'Muvhango' and what's next

'The show will remain in my heart and will dwell there for a long time

10 May 2023 - 08:00
By Constance Gaanakgomo
Gabriel bids farewell to 'Muvhango'.
Image: Instagram/ Gabriel Temudzani Gabriel bids farewell to 'Muvhango'.

Though it is the end of the road for the chief of Thathe, the man behind the character, Gabriel Temudzani, has a good head on his shoulders and is ready to apply himself in other spaces. 

On Monday Muvhango announced the character is leaving the show permanently after 23 years on air.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Gabriel said he knows the end of the road is not always good but he is going to take this time to take a breather.

“Its an emotional roller coaster. Muvhango has been my home for a long time and unfortunately we are here. Parting ways has never been kind, but it is one of those [things] I guess. 

“For now I'm going take time to press the reset button and move accordingly. There are a number of things lined up. Among others, there's travelling, making more time for my children and continue watching Muvhango from a distance without me in it and watch how things unfold. The show will remain in my heart and it will dwell there for a long time and I will always embrace and make time for it.”

Gabriel shared the highlights of playing chief Azwindini for 23 years.

“My favourite moment was when the character was fighting for justice, when the character was fighting for the family to be integrated. Another one was when he was  fighting for the family shares to remain in the family. When the character was fighting for Susan to be incorporated into the family as his better half regardless of her being a commoner and luckily when the character assumed chieftaincy responsibility, I think those were compelling moments that brought about a turning point to the character that also ushered the character into colourful moments that made Azwindini to be an iconic character that he is today.

“I'm going to miss the family element, I'm going to miss the jokes we used to crack. The emotional roller coaster we would go through on the scenes and then laugh about immediately thereafter. Those are some of the things I would miss and cherish the most because when you are acting, people think you are able to disconnect immediately and it's not like that. We are human, we become vested and emotional and start protecting the character because that's who we are, relating with the characters to the point where you bring reality to the being of those characters.” 

The actor said Muvhango and Azwindini wouldn't be what [it] is today if it wasn't for the viewers.

“We can say what we want, but the viewers make the show. If the viewers are not there we might as well close shop and go to our respective homes. The viewers have been a pivotal part of the work we do and the world we find ourselves in. So big up to viewers and may they continue to watch and embrace the show and see value in what the show brings to the people, especially to South Africa.

“When you watch shows like Muvhango, it's shows that bring unity, it brings everybody on board and that gets to foster social cohesion, gets to foster unity among ourselves as South Africans who are from different tribes and I think that needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. I think Muvhango is one of those shows we need to guard and protect because it brings us hope to say, in our different existence, we coexist and that's something to write home about.”

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Gabriel bid farewell to Muvhango
Image: Instagram/ Gabriel Temudzani Gabriel bid farewell to Muvhango