Talented actress Nambitha Ben-Mazwi will play the role of Ndoni Themba in Showmax’s upcoming drama series, Empini.


The Savage Beauty star Nambitha Ben-Mazwi will act alongside The River star Siyabonga Thwala in Empini.

Ben-Mazwi’s character, Ndoni Themba is a deeply troubled private security bodyguard in search of answers.

While Thwala portrays her mentor, Khaya Bhodoza, who is a prominent businessman and political stalwart. 

IOL reveals that the actress says she’s been manifesting her latest character. She adds that her team had been working for the past two years on landing her a role that would showcase her skills as an actress who can deliver fast-paced action.

She tells Showmax: “As a strategist, I’ve been meticulous in my career and how I avoid playing the same character twice. The time is now to showcase the range I possess in my acting.”

Ben-Mazwi says Ndoni is her most physically demanding role yet. She’s done a physically challenging role before, but not to this extent. However, she also did Muay Thai fighting for two years so when she got this role, she was excited.

She can now use her skills as a Muay Thai fighter. She’s generally an active person but for this role she had to also up her training, change her diet and do more strength training.


The action-packed drama series, Empini is set in the dangerous world of private VIP security.

The 52-episode series is a high-stakes, action-packed drama about Ben-Mazwi’s character, Ndoni Themba.

Ben-Mazwi has also starred in Black Is King, The QueenThe EstateScandalBroken Vows and Doubt.

South Africans can watch Thwala and Ben-Mazwi in Empini on Showmax from Thursday, 23 May 2024.


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