Some of the cast members of the much-anticipated drama series Queen Modjadji have been revealed which includes two former Miss SA winners. The series reportedly has cast a mix of experienced, well-known talent and fresh new faces. 

“It was selected based on their ability to master the Khelovedu language. To closely portray the historic figures that form a significant part of the story in the lead up to Queen Modjadji’s reign,” said Mzanzi Magic on Wednesday. 

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In February Mzansi Magic announced the production of the Queen Modjadji story. South Africans expressed their intrigue and this ignited much-welcomed curiosity and chatter, largely because this is a story that has not been widely told. 


Ngelekanyo Ramulondi [young Queen Modjadji] – Ngele made her first appearance on Mzansi Magic’s S’phiwo. She has also been on Fatal Seduction and Noughts & Crosses on various other platforms. In the series, she plays the young Modjadji, 14-year-old Maselegwani. 

Mzansi Magic announces cast members for upcoming drama Queen Modjadji
Ngelekanyo Ramulondi

Masutang Rasekele [Dzugudini] – Masutang is a fresh new face on the screen. She will play Dzugudini, the daughter of the Rain King and the mother of Queen Modjadji. Dzugudini is a crucial part of the Lovedu history as she is instrumental in saving the kingdom from a catastrophic drought.  

Helen Lebepe [Raisibe] – Helen, who has several acting roles under her belt, including one on Mzansi Magic’s Saints & Sinners (now on Showmax), will play the role of Raisibe. In the story, Raisibe, assists Modjadji to get a view into the real world of her people and grows to become her confidant.  

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Thabo Bopape [Mambo Mugodo] – Thabo is a Mzansi film director and producer. He is also a familiar face on screen having appeared on numerous television series, feature films, commercials, and stage shows. He plays the Supreme Mambo/king of the Kharanga Kingdom, who is obsessed with becoming the greatest rainmaker and is racing against time to fix his mistakes, restore the balance as required by his ancestors, and end a severe drought.  

Shudu Musida [Muthanoni Mulalo] – Former Miss SA Shudu Musida will be making her screen acting debut in the series. She is portraying the role of Muthanoni Mulalo as one of the king/queen’s wives from the VhaVenda royal family.

Ndavi Nokeri [Muthanoni Khensani] [MAIN PICTURE]– Ndavi is also a former Miss SA winner. She was crowned in 2022 and represented SA in the Miss Universe Pageant during the same year. She plays the role of Muthanoni Khensani, another one of the king/queen’s wives from the VaTsonga royal family.  

“More characters will be revealed as production progresses, leading up to the show’s premiere in July 2024. But the big question remains … Who will play the legendary Queen Modjadji?”