Television channel presents a new replacement for the soap opera Imbewu: The Seed – Smoke and Mirrors. The Final Chapter Productions produced the late-night drama series, which premieres on April 17. 

The series has seasoned actors like Ayanda Bandla, Meshack Mavuso-Magabane, Duma Ndlovu, and Angela Sithole.

The Story

Smoke and Mirror cast
Charmaine Mtinta and JT Medupe at the host of Smoke and Mirrors. | Picture: Instagram.

The television series follows the happenings in a small mining town, Emnyameni, meaning darkness in isiZulu. Thandiswa is a hairdresser by day and an escort by night. She has a mission to uproot a cabal of corrupt men – The Unholy Trinity, who runs the small town.


The television production has many seasoned actors and actresses among the cast. It is set in the landscape of a small mining town called Emnyameni. The starring cast of Smoke and Mirrors includes:

Meet the Cast

  • Ayanda Bandla as Thandiswa Mseleku
  • Zolisa Xaluva as Caesar 
  • Zinhle Mabenan as Virginia 
  • Meshack Mavuso-Magabane as Jaxon with an ‘X’
  • Kabomo Vilakazi as Mthetho 
  • Khayalethu Xaba as Mpendulo Mseleku
  • Lusanda Mbane as Martha
  • Angela Sithole as Nthabiseng 
  • Siya Raymond as Sakhile 
  • JT Medupe as Leeroy
  • Charmaine Mtinta as Nomvea

Ayanda Bandla as Thandiswa Mseleku

Ayanda takes on the role of Thandiswa Mseleku, a hairdresser by day and an escort by night. Her sole mission is to remove the three evil trio – Caesar, Jaxon, and Mthetho, known as The Unholy Trinity, who runs the town of Emnyameni.

The actress is also a political sciences graduate and television personality. She is best known as a contestant on the SABC1 reality competition One Day Leader.

Zolisa Xaluva as Caesar

Zolisa Xaluva plays one of the corrupt trio in the town of Emnyameni. He leads the pack and is best known as the alpha and a cut-throat businessman. He doesn’t care if he gets his hand dirty before accomplishing a goal.

Meshack Mavuso-Magabane as Jaxon

Meshack plays Jaxon with an X, a flashy Mayor who lives way beyond his means. He is best known for appearing in television series like Heist, Isidingo, Yizo Yizo, Isithembiso, and Durban Gen.

Kabomo Vilakazi as Mthetho

Kabomo Vilakazi plays the town’s police commissioner – Mthetho. He lives a double life that will catch up with him soon. He is also a singer, poet, rapper, artist manager, and producer. 

The actor has appeared in many films and television series, such as Zabalaza, Sink, and Seriously Single. He has edited Y-Mag and Uncutt Magazine and contributed to True Love Magazine.

Khayalethu Xaba as Mpendulo Mseleku

Khayalethu plays Mpendulo Mseleku, the son of Thandiswa Mseleku. He is a teenage street-smart kid. 

Lusanda Mbane as Martha

Lusanda plays Martha, a former sex worker who owns a two-star hotel in Emnyameni.

Apart from acting, she is a radio host and is best known for appearing in many television series such as Scandal!, Muvhango, Imbewu, and Generations.

JT Medupe as Leeroy

Only a few actors can combine many talents and come out exceptional. Medupe is an actor, singer, dancer, and presenter and has appeared in many television series, such as YOTV, Sokhulu & Partners, and Rockville.

In Smoke and Mirrors, he plays Leeroy – a hairstylist and lover of a rich and powerful man in the Emnyameni.

Charmaine Mtinta as Nomvea

Charmaine Mtinta is best known for starring as Nomsa in season one of the SABC1 drama series Yizo Yizo. The role earned her the Avanti Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

Among the characters in Smoke and Mirrors, her role Nomvea is a powerful sangoma.