SA actress 'Dineo' hails Zimbabweans

HARARE - South African film star Katlego “Dineo Mashaba” Danke says the great reception she got on her recent tour of Zimbabwe demonstrates the senselessness of the xenophobia that rocked her homeland.

The ex-Generations star visited Bulawayo and Harare at the end of May along with Rhythm City’s Zintle Ncipha to grace the launch of a promotional trailer of a feature film on human trafficking titled Ziyanda that will feature local and South African actors.

“I was taken aback by the warm reception we got here, especially at this sensitive time when relations between our two countries have been marred by the recent attacks on foreigners in South Africa,” Danke told the Daily News.

“Zimbabweans exhibited a high level of ubuntu. The warmth extended to us is clear testimony that as a people we are one. What happened in our country was a very sad development indeed.”

The award-winning actress added that xenophobic attacks bloated South Africa’s image.

“It was a horrific experience as families lost their loved ones through the unnecessary xenophobic attacks. We do acknowledge what transpired and I believe it’s high time we started mending bridges and finding each other.”

Despite a rich acting history in her homeland, Danke is excited to be part of the Ziyanda feature film that is expected to also feature ex-Generations and Scandal star Luthuli Dlamini, Zimbabwean television personality Nyasha Mutamangira, celebrated gospel artiste Stanley “Pastor G” Gwanzura, Djembe Monks music producer Ndumiso “Sir Black Sea” Tshuma as well emerging local actresses who include Phyllis Mlingwa, Amanda Huni and Fortune Mguni.

“I have acted in numerous soapies in South Africa; so many that I have lost count. I have also done some film work but am excited to be part of Ziyanda, a feature film that is about human trafficking. This is an international problem and bringing it to the fore through film will definitely create awareness. It is an informative project.”

She revealed that she is looking forward to returning to Zimbabwe in August for the shooting of Ziyanda.

“It was my first time to come to Harare. This country actually took me by surprise; I was totally blown away. The country is just beautiful and we were well received. The people of this country are just amazing,” said Danke.

Comments (3)

Ubuntu is what we are.

wasu - 10 June 2015

Of course pane paangati Zim yakashata.

Chamu - 10 June 2015

mwana anorovesa chikumba mujoburg umu maface jahwi including mazimba anzwa nekubvarura

Harare - 15 June 2015

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