What next for Uzalo?

Uzalo viewers are finding it hard to believe that supposed lead character Gxabhashe is really dead. LIZEKA MADUNA speculates.

A flawed family man is dead, a man of God is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and the only person who knows what really happened isn’t about to confess.

It’s been only a short while since panelbeater/crime boss Muzi Xulu aka Gxabhashe was murdered but conflict is already rife in the Xulu families. The elders want his wife, Mangcobo, to agree to take his body to his birthplace for burial and his murderous brother Mkhonto is already acting as the head of the family.

Pastor Melusi Mdletshe is still in prison on charges of murder. His family is trying hard to prove his innocence but the lawyer has made it clear that Mdletshe might be going to prison for a very long time.

Meanwhile, the church choir is determined to sing at the funeral. But given that the choir leader is the pastor’s son, it may not happen. Gxabhashe’s family has also made it clear that the pastor’s wife, Manzuza is not welcome anywhere near the mourning Xulu family.

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Gxabhashe and Mdletshe were the heads of their respective families. With neither of them around, how will the two families handle matters?

Right now speculation is rife that Gxabhashe did not actually die in the shooting and that actor Mpumelelo Bhulose might yet return to Uzalo. Many viewers  have vowed on social media never to watch the drama again if Gxabhashe is really dead. Whether they will carry through with that threat remains to be seen.

It seems unlikely that Bhulose will return to the role, and recent TV has shown that no show rests on one actor or character alone.

But even if Gxabhashe were somehow to return from the dead, how would the writers explain this? Could he have faked his death or made a miraculous recovery? Soapies are known for stretching the bounds of believability but explaining away an apparent death can’t easily be done.

There’s another camp that believes that there is a possibility that, should Gxabhashe return, the secret of the baby swop that lies at the heart of Uzalo will be revealed and the two families will unite.

But where’s the drama in that? Might as well end the show right there. My guess is that Gxabhashe or no, the mystery of the baby swop, won’t resolve any time soon.

Do you watch Uzalo? What do you think lies in store for the show over the next few weeks? Tell us on social media or in the comments.

– Featured image via Uzalo SABC1 Official Facebook page


  1. Mphle Ngobese says

    I think it will be better if Xulu retur back to the soap because he s the main character of the soap, the secret of the swap the babies remain as it because once they will revile the soap wont be same as we wanted to watch. Please how about uZalo plays every days of the week which is monday to friday @20h00

    1. Onica says

      Yes i think uzalo should play monday to friday @ 20:00

      1. zoliswa says

        i wish uzalo can repeat in the morning instead of repeating umzi wrzinsizwa some of us we are working night shift

        1. thalitha says

          I’m glad that Mr xulu is back, I wish that nr mdletshe will come back as well, uzalo is hot when this both mans are there

      2. Shaz says

        Please bring gxabhashe back..and uzalo must play frm monday to friday please

      3. DAVID says




      1. Muvhuso Muraga Muraga says

        Please bring zulu back nd a rest m khoni for good

    3. thato thoka says

      i hoped that Gxabhashe would return at his funeral

      1. Nomathemba says

        Kanti nawe unjani phela akucyo ifuneral yakhe hw ar u kanti?

    4. Tsepo malaza says

      Bring back gcabhashi pls an uzalo play monday to friday

      1. KAY N FEZ says


    5. zinhle says

      yes zalo will rock the week if it cud play monday to friday

    6. KAY N FEZ says

      YAH NEH!! I AGREE with u bt I hv 2 correct u…it not ”SOAP” its SOAPY …DARLING

    7. Nomathemba says

      Ngingajabula xem phela vele i generation ledlalayo ihistory iyabhora vele ayphumeee nje!

  2. xolani says

    Plz bring my Gxabhase

  3. Pinky says

    Gxabhashe can’t die now, he is the main chacarater, he’s not dead. That’s what I believe

  4. Lethabo Mandlazi says

    Gxabashe, should be alive. This is how you bring him back. Someone who was trying to kill got killed instead. Some good Samaritan picked him up on the side of the road and took him to the hospital. But because he passed out for a long time in a coma, he lost his memory. The Samaritan had to take him in to her home. How they discover him, will happen after they think they have mourned and moved on with their lives and mkhonto thinks he has inherited the business. Then Gxabashe comes and fights for everything again. There u gom

    1. Chris says

      what is the story about without Gxabashe?????? please bring him back cos we are waiting to see how his going to deal with who ever tried to kill him

      1. Mfanelo says

        UGxabhashe makabuye ngoba uzalo aluzubamnandi ngaphandle kuka Gxabhashe mvezeni esesibhedlele kwaye sele elulama nenze kubengomnye umntu lo ungcwaciweyo

        1. lwemvelo says

          Yes ngivumelana nawe pls makabuye ugxabhase dy is no uzalo wthout gxabhashe n mk makaboshe pla ludlale monday to friday

    2. noxolo lindsay jali says

      Woow what a brilliant idea…I was thinking that too..and Gxabhashe mustn’t. Loose his memory but remember everything that happened that day so that Mr Mdletshe could come out of jail and only let Gxabhashe to tell the truth that Mkhonto shot him and tried to burn him but only to find out that he burnt the wrong person…and please let UZALO play every week days, this sopie is wonderful and let anger towards us as fans because it plays for few days and also does not have any REPEATS..so please make some more time towards UZALO because we absolutely love it…VIVA TO UZALO

  5. Kamogelo says


    1. Phakamani says

      Bring back gxhabhashi before i turn my tv off

      1. Onica says

        Plz bring gxabhashe

      2. Precious says

        Plz bring Gxabzin back its doesn’t matter how you do it as long as he’s back plz writer plz

        1. Precious says

          They took the old generation away from us now its xulu plz guiz do sumthng about it

  6. pass says

    Plz!!! Bring back xulu

  7. passy says

    Bring back xulu

  8. Phumlile says

    Akabuye uGxabhàshe azokhulula ibdoda kaNkulunkulu aphinde ahlanganise yona lemindeni he’s da key now akungadlalwa ngathi bakithi

  9. mllpuleng says

    Bring bck gxabhashe

  10. mllpuleng says

    Buyisani leli shisa

  11. tefo says

    Gxabashe will never jst die like a dog

  12. dean says

    The sopie is nice bt without gxabhashe no its useless now we can’t watch uzalo again thy must turn out that they buried a wrong person there for gxabhashe was picked by sm1 else to another place.gxabhashe is the best. Umkhondo uya hypha

  13. daza says

    plz plz plz bring gxabhashe back b4 we leave sabc1 at 20 30h

    1. lungile ndwandwe says

      plz bring back xulu b monday to friday we bored nw

  14. ziyanda says

    I never watched uzalo since gxabhashe died i dont even know whats going on in uzalo its just boring qha

  15. ellone says

    brng bck Mr Xulu plzzzzzzzz

  16. Zandie says

    Buyisan ugxabhashe plz, ave engchaza umangcobo bandla namehlo amhlophe ncooowww

    1. zodwa says

      Bring back my favourite Gxabhashi

  17. cynthia says

    pls bring back Gxabhashi, ive stop watching isisbaya because of uzalo, now the main character is no more… what do you call that? bring him or i switch off my television

  18. sibonelo says

    isifuna isihlalo sithathwe umkhonto

  19. themba says

    The writer of uzalo made a mistake wen those police came to the xulu family they said they are not sho if it was gxaphashi in the car so they are still going to do the DNA so I’m surprised already he was buried n I ddnt hear or c were they confirm it was him so plz bring back our qxapashi if u still want us to watch uzalo or els I quit

  20. Sthembiso says

    The person who write uzalo has done the great thing and you are a star amongst them all the writers…what ever gxabhashe did i feel sorry for him,but he must go back to uzalo…lets prentend as xulu didnt die because the drama is boringvwitout him….so what ever he didi we feel pity for him…siyamxolisela kakhulu hope he will learn his mistakes,but bring back xulu to the show we are begging alot…and uzalo must play every day at 20h:30 our heart a hearless with out him

  21. xolile says

    bring Gxabhashe back pls pls

  22. mawaza says

    ngokuzithoba please bring back gxabhashe the drama is nothing without u xulu and mfundisi ..u myt aswel kill Nkosi or ayanda BT awuvuse ugxabhashe mfowethu….okanye uyozisola

  23. Sakkie says

    yho hhayi bo!!! bring back my Xabhashe, ha umaNgcobo emthanda kangaka!! ngeke guyz.

  24. kuhle says

    Please bring xulu back

  25. pamella says

    uzalo is not uzalo without GXABASHE. he is the mighty ngamla of uzalo. pls siboniseni yena ekwi comma and that would be better for us

  26. Luvuyo says

    please bring back ugxabhashe or we as viewers never watch again the boring story.

  27. markhams says


    1. JOEY SAMUEL says


  28. Nomali Luyah ntombela says

    Plz bring back Gxabhashe se kuyabora manje kuzalo

  29. Wanda says

    Uzalo will be the same without Gxabhashe
    The writer didn’t do a mistakes
    i like that
    Gxabhashe is dead <3 i watch u
    zalo then play the drama Mon 2

    1. nathews says

      Uzalo is nothing without xulu plzz return xulu i don’t now how but bring him back and we want uzalo Monday to Friday

  30. Noxolo says

    Can you please gyz tell me how can we know about the swipe of that two young boys,how can we know that who’s shooting Gxabhashe your story is meaningless,i can’t watch Uzalo untill you gyz bring back Gxabhashe im a big fan of Uzalo but this make me feel to hate it.@Noxolo Mehlwana @Cptn

  31. Zintle Gqwetha says

    Plz brng back Xulu plzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  32. sisipho malongweni says

    I’m child who is so created I’m alwayz want to be an actor on zalo because of the way you did Tata Duma Ndlovu you are the best zalo is the best to all dramas in south africa but now with out u gxabashe hay not good at all plzzzz bring him back. Just make it like it was all the mistake and just make u gxabashe call mastmand and keep it as scret so that the person that shoot him stay dont know that gxabashe is alive so plZzzzzzz bring him back. From ccpho in cape town also I’m writer but still young

  33. sisipho malongweni says

    I’m child who is so created I’m alwayz want to be an actor on zalo because of the way you did Tata Duma Ndlovu you are the best zalo is the best to all dramas in south africa but now with out u gxabashe hay not good at all plzzzz bring him back. Just make it like it was all the mistake and just make u gxabashe call mastmand and keep it as scret so that the person that shoot him stay dont know that gxabashe is alive so plZzzzzzz bring him back he is the one who will took pastor out of jail
    . From ccpho in cape town also I’m writer but still young

  34. Akona Maya says

    Hey bring Gxabashe back nothing is enjoyable without him so please…I suggest that it is alright Uzalo plays only three day hence if it can play five days it will come to an end so quickly..

  35. Nyafuthi Thobile says

    Eish you know what, I still not believe the death of Xulu. If he can come back, it will bring the exact relief. Infact if they bring him back there must be reason from the writers but what we need is to feel the story.

  36. Sifundo mkhabela says

    Xulu is on his way bck as people asked,l tried my best to gv him the second chance ok,please good people jst calm down

  37. Nini says

    Plz bring back isikhokho sam’ ulova wami’ Muzi Xulu plz come back Baba.

  38. chris says

    this is very easy and clear, mabuza might be the one who faked the death of mr xulu, because he also wanted mr mdleche to go behind bas. that can be the easy way to make the fans of uzalo understand de faked death of muzi. as we all knows that mabuza was working hand in hand with xulu he can come out with wrong information about the dna test point that realy xulu he is death. while he knows that he hiden him for recovery.

    1. Anymore chikengezha says

      Pliz bring Xulu back

  39. Innocent says

    please bring back Gxabhashe because UZALO is nothing without XULU and MDLETSHE’S family.

  40. zusive says

    asseblief bring gxabhashe back coz uzalo now is boring but not so bad… I want gxabhashe back plzzzzzzz!!!!People. Worse besekukhalwa ngaye hku laTaima nomntu oyobukela uzalo ebesesithi uyobukela uGxabhashe so plzzz people make a plan gxabhashe abuye

  41. Andile says

    Please bring back gxabhashe

    1. alex muzikayise Nkomo says

      ugxabashe no Mangcobo I love wooops absolutely divine ,but without gxabashe I am loosing touch

      1. alex muzikayise Nkomo says

        u gxabhashe uyangibusisa ngolimi lwakithi lukakamageba very impressive baba u Duma no dadedewethu Ugugu but without him its just a mess he is a main character and he drives Uzalo to the next level

        1. NOZIPHO says

          please bring back Gxabhashe

  42. siphiwe says

    uzalo must move to 20:00pm thn generations must move to 20:30pm ,and uzalo must reapeat in the morning


    isukile…n its about 2 rain big tym so i advice everyone to buy amburellas.ayabulela ama Africa ngo Xulu…Go TIGER

  44. makgabi says

    plz bring him back we miss the boss of UZALO big tym

  45. johannes says

    uzalo is boring

  46. johannes says

    i think ndlovu is jealous about mighty xulu and is personally thats why he fired muzi.dnt mind him xhabashe ure the hero without uzalo.rona reo rata hore viva xulu phanzi mkhonto boring actror

  47. Ndlela says

    Plz bring back ngxab’zit siyakucela

  48. snoz says

    cha mina ngifuna kubuye nomfundisi isono phela manje ngomfazi wakhe.umkhonto komele abuyele phakathi

  49. lucas says

    Pls repeat uzalo in the following day n bring Back gxhabhash.child mixup have gone long now.come with solution

  50. siwe says

    I love Gxabhase nd Malindi

  51. henry says

    mkhonto my star, umfundisi umdledle, mabuza corrupt cope you guys you rock additional with the dead man gxabhashe , mastamind !!! i love uzalo guys .

  52. Wonder says

    Uzalo is rocking guys bt this guy must come back, bring back Gxabhashe bring back Gxabhase

  53. NDUMELA SDM says


  54. Lindani vilakati says

    they have said it all so Mr Ndlovu listen to the masses and bring our main man Gxabhashe as well as playing Uzalo monday to friday nga 8.00pm instead of the boring Generations

  55. Lindani vilakati says

    M R Ndlovu the masses have spoken so listen to them bring our main man Gxabhashe back now and play Uzalo monday to friday at 8.00pm shift Generations to 8.30pm

  56. ntoko says

    I think they must return Gxabhashe now the truth is that Uzalo is boring us now without him we miss him so much. and Nombuso must start to think what she really wants uyasiphoxa siyimbokodo umuntu wesifazane oqondayo ngokuziphatha akenzi nje nhlobo njengaye especially umuntu omaxiyo nomesabayo unkulunkulu.

  57. Lungile says

    Ukungab khona kukagxabhashe kwenza uzalo lungashub ngaphandle kwakhe pls bring him back.and uyangwasha ungshaya ngaphakath menglale ngimbonile nje kwi tv kuphelile.scela uzalo ludlale monday to friday

  58. NUNU SIBISI says


  59. Simphiwe mabaso says

    please bring back Gxabhashe

  60. Manqa ngubane says

    Mbuyisen uxulu siyanicela nokuba uzalo ludlale Monday 2 Friday luphinde nangamaweekend plz plz plz plz plz uzalo luyarockha kakhulu

    1. Thoby Ngobese says

      especially us as workers it suitable to repeat on weekend

  61. Thoby says

    Really, Just bring back Gxabhashe at once, we really miss him.

  62. Mesui mthethwa says

    we love watching Uzalo but since the main character Gxabhashe out its boring bakwethu so plllllzzzzzzzzz

  63. Zamokuhle A.K.A says

    Gxabhashe is a main charecter he can’t die without solving the swap of children nd the one who shot him.he must come back plz plz plz

  64. Anelisa says

    #bring back gxabhashe or I’ll stop watching uzalo #

  65. nombuso khumalo says

    Bring back my love xulu waka

  66. vuyokazi says

    Plz bring u Gxabhashe makabuye azoveza inyani ngabamtwana as ba wayesevile yena.Uzalo alumnandanga ngaphandle ko Gxabhashe ohh no Mangcobo wakhe shm ave ndikuthanda wee cc yhooo

  67. Poni says

    Pls pls we need Gxabashe back.

  68. Poni says

    We Uzalo to play monday to friday plz!!!!!!

  69. KAYFEZ says


  70. precious sama says

    without xabhashe soapie e yho e ya bora xem bring the zulu man back re nyaka go bona uzalo e seng what we c now boring

  71. muzi says

    I love u zalo..

  72. Florence says

    Uzobuya u Gxhabhashe guys aslindeni bayayazi into abayenzayo ababhali let us relax mmmz?Gxhabs is coming back to his lovely wife Mangcobo that’s wat I want she so lonely alone pls mbhali mbuyiseni manje

  73. thobile shabangu says

    We demand xhabhashe back pls and all de truth must come out now plssssssssss.Nosipho stop triying to being a gangstar pls kuyashisa lapho Nongoloza akadlali uyingozi cc…..GC ave ungicaza wengane and uzithanda izindaba zabantu.uphi owakho umyeni kwaaaaaaa.

  74. Nomathemba says

    Eish that wil b bttr than watchng a history generation

  75. Mpendulo says

    I am Mpendulo Mpangane, I like Uzalo and may you please bring Gxabhashe back.

  76. xolani Mthembu says

    I wish that uzalo can play from Monday to Friday

  77. prosperiyty says

    Am am prosperity ndlovu l like uzalo very much

  78. Mandla Mkhize says

    Ngiyaluthanda kakhulu uZalo ngivele ngayeka ukubuka okunye ngalandela lona nje kuphela ukungikhathazayo yilokhu kokudlala kathathu esonywen,ngicela niyibheke leyondawo mawuphume umnden kaGxabhashe ejele sibone impilo ka Ayanda uma esebiza uXulu

  79. Zama says

    Zama Majozi

    Yes ngempela uma kungabuya uMdletshe and Gxabhashe bese sibona ukuthi kuzokwenzekani ngo Mxo no Yaya.

    1. jaco says

      Yeah I agree with u guys Uzalo must play Mon 2 fri

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