Actress Lerato Nxumalo exits Scandal!

Lerato Nxumalo, the beloved actress who portrayed Phakamile Mdletshe on the popular e.TV soapie Scandal!, is set to take a break from national TV screens. Fans have watched her grow and develop through her compelling performances, and now, Lerato is ready to embark on a new chapter in her career.






Reflecting on Her Journey
In an emotional revelation, Lerato Nxumalo spoke candidly about her experience on Scandal!. The actress expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to play such a challenging role, which has undoubtedly contributed to her growth as an actress. “Working with the team that successfully grew me as an actor has been such an honor. Thank you so much to Ochre Media and e.TV for the growth opportunity that you guys have given me. I am very, very much appreciative,” she shared. Lerato Nxumalo’s portrayal of Phakamile Mdletshe, a character with a complex and compelling storyline, earned her a special place in the hearts of many viewers. Her final episode aired on June 14, 2024, marking the end of a significant chapter in her career.

Future Plans: Creating Content Full-Time
As Lerato Nxumalo moves on from Scandal!, she has big plans for her future. The actress revealed that she intends to dedicate her time to creating content full-time. This decision signals a new direction in her career, one that fans are eager to see unfold. In a heartfelt message, the producer of Scandal!, Sanele Zulu, praised Lerato for her exceptional work on the show. “Thank you, Lerato, for doing a fantastic job in portraying Phakamile and sharing your time with us at Scandal! Your talent is undeniable. We wish Nxumalo all the best for the future,” he said.

Fans React to Lerato’s Departure
Lerato Nxumalo’s departure from Scandal! has sparked an outpouring of emotions from fans. Many took to social media to express their admiration for her performance and to bid her farewell. Comments flooded in, with fans like Thabang Thabang stating, “You nailed it,” and Karabo Sello writing, “Goodbye, I am gonna miss the character.” Other fans echoed similar sentiments. Phumlani Dlamini remarked, “She played it so beautifully,” while Portia Mdletye added, “Goodbye Phaka sisi.” Sinhlatii Munhu expressed frustration, saying, “Eish mara, I won’t forgive the producers of this soapie for this!” Anthony Molomo also gushed, “Phakamile, loving you babe, you nailed it. I’m gonna miss you.”

Scandal! Says Goodbye to Another Key Character
Lerato Nxumalo’s exit is not the only recent departure from Scandal!. The show also bid farewell to another significant character, Nhlamulo, previously played by Safta Award winner Matthews Rantsoma. The news of his departure caused quite a stir on social media, with fans and entertainment commentators alike sharing their thoughts. While the reasons behind Nhlamulo’s exit remain unknown, the character’s departure marks another significant change for the beloved soapie. As fans come to terms with these departures, they eagerly await what’s next for both Lerato Nxumalo and Matthews Rantsoma.

Looking Ahead
As Lerato Nxumalo embarks on her new journey, her fans remain supportive and excited about what the future holds. Her time on Scandal! has left an indelible mark on South African television, and her future endeavors promise to be just as impactful. Stay tuned for more updates on Lerato’s next projects and the evolving landscape of Scandal! as it continues to captivate audiences with its dynamic storylines and talented cast.