Did You Know Hlelo From Uzalo Was Abused In Real Life?
Nothando Ngcobo is a South African actress who plays the role of Hlelo on SABC 1 soapie Uzalo and Prudence Thabethe on Lingashoni.
On Uzalo Hlelo represents a broken soul, who moved from the harsh conditions of the streets to a victim of domestic abuse. Despite struggling to make ends meet, Hlelo showed resilience till she helped dying Gabisile role played by Baby Cele who returned the favour by changing Hlelo’s life forever.
Nothando Ngcobo early life
Ngcobo was born in Hammarsdale a township in Mpumalanga, she moved to Joburg to study for her Degree in Media and Creative Arts.
In real life, the 26-year-old Nothando Ngcobo is proof that hard work, resilience and patience pays in life. In the early stages of her career, Nothando encountered a lot of abuse and rejection in the industry.
Before she bagged the Uzalo gig, Hlelo was auditioned for Generations The Legacy as a supporting cast member and was rejected by the show producers because she “didn’t fit the character”. The role was later filled by Buntu Petse who plays the role of Nontle Majola the biological daughter of Ayanda Majola and Tau Mogale .
Describing the rejection ordeal, Nothando revealed that due to rejection she nearly gave up acting despite it being what she wanted to do since childhood.
“ In the early stages of my career, I suffered a lot of rejection and humiliation to the extent of nearly giving up on my dream. But I trust God wanted me to go through all that so that when He raise me, I glorify His name, I have managed to overcome rejection through prayer and accepting that some of the jobs I had auditioned for were just not for me at the time”, she said.
In real life, Nothando Ngcobo is closer to and receives mentorship from award-winning actor
Abdul Khoza who played roles on Isibaya, Uzalo and recently Kings of Joburg.
Hlelo advocacy for domestic violence