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EntertainmentSibusisiwe Jili exits The Queen

Sibusisiwe Jili exits The Queen

Mzansi Magic’s The Queen actor, Sibusisiwe Jili bows out of the popular telenovela after a two-year stint on the show.

Jili is known for her role as the young, vibrant policewoman Georgina or Gigi, the daughter of Patronella (played by Thembsie Matu) and Jabulani Mjekejeke (played by Sipho Manzini).

The 34-year-old bagged the role in 2020 after working on various productions such as Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya and SABC1’s Mina Nawe.

Jili confirmed to Channel24 that her character had been written off the show and would make her last appearance in September.

According to the actor, last week was her final week on set, where she had a small farewell with the production crew.

She said that her experience working on the show was beautiful and a spiritual journey that felt like a home away from home.

“It was everything and more than I wanted. I say more because it was a very spiritual journey for me. It really opened up a lot of who I thought I knew. It just really opened that door for me to grow within myself and the prestigious production. That was a beautiful journey,” said Jili.

“They really, really helped me be the person I am today. I am really grateful for it,” she said.

According to Jili, her departure shocked her on-screen parents and most cast and crew, but she believed the timing was perfect. “I mean, we were all going leave anyway, I’m just leaving sooner…This is an opportunity for me to grow,” she said.

She said working with her Matu and Manzini was interesting and humorous.

“Never a dull moment because they both have a different sense of humour. It was always quite interesting watching the humour in the same space and experiencing it individually. When I was leaving, they were quite shocked,” she said.

Jili’s exit follows several departures on the show, including Loyiso McDonald, Dineo Langa, Moshe Ndiki, Rami Chuene, Khanya Mkangisa and Motsoaledi Setumo.

According to the channel most characters will be written off from the show. This follows the announcement in March that the Queen had been canned.

“M-Net is committed to delivering best in class channels to viewers and we are constantly guided by viewership and landscape reviews to ensure channel programming is aligned to viewer and subscriber preferences. The M-Net Local Entertainment Channels will maintain their investment in delighting audiences with authentic Mzansi content,” said Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

“As the M-Net Local Entertainment channels, we would like to applaud the producers, cast and crew of The Queen and Lingashoni for their dedication to delivering riveting storylines and award-winning content in highly contested primetime slots. We look forward to the thrills of the next 12 months as both productions draw towards their respective finales,” Adonisi added.

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