In a shocking revelation, it has been claimed that the iconic Shaka Ilembe was stolen from the late Mbongeni Ngema.
This bombshell was dropped by a close associate shortly after the legendary artist’s untimely demise. Mbongeni tragically passed away following a car accident involving a truck on the R61. As the news of his death spread, Themba Ndaba, a dear friend of the deceased, came forward with an astonishing accusation.
“I met ‘Madlokovu’ in 1991 during the intense struggle for freedom. He was working on Sarafina at the time, and that’s what inspired me to join the industry. We collaborated on numerous productions, and he was a tremendous help to me,” Ndaba revealed.
According to Ndaba, the well-known ShakaZulu, produced by Bomb Pictures, was originally the brainchild of Mbongeni and their friend in New York back in 2015.
Ndaba claims that they “stole” his script, and the original name was supposed to be ‘Inkosi Ilembe,’ as it is customary not to refer to a king by his name alone. “Shaka Ilembe” was a later addition.
Furthermore, Ndaba disclosed that Mbongeni and he had several projects in the works, including a documentary on Oliver Tambo and another on Jacob Zuma. “Mbongeni Ngema was a spirit, a gift to many South Africans and the youth of that time,” he passionately expressed.
The alleged theft of Shaka Ilembe raises questions about the origins and authenticity of this beloved production. While the truth behind these claims remains to be seen, it certainly adds an intriguing twist to the legacy of Mbongeni Ngema and the iconic character of Shaka Ilembe.
Please note: The information provided is based on claims made by Themba Ndaba and should be treated as such until further evidence is presented.