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Uzalo actor Patrick Shai tackles GBV

ACTOR and motivational speaker Patrick Shai have landed a cameo role on Uzalo.

Viewers can expect to watch the veteran actor on the SABC 1 telenovela from 8 November.

It is believed that his role will be related to the abuse storyline of Njeza (played by Nkanyiso Makhanya) and Nosipho (Nompilo Maphumulo).

Njeza physically abuses his girlfriend Nosipho, who forgives him when he apologises after the beating.

Patrick is the founder and managing director of Khuluma Ndoda, an organisation that encourages men to speak out and fight against gender-based violence.

Uzalo spokeswoman Nomfundo Zondi confirmed that the actor would be joining the show on a cameo role basis.

She said Uzalo did not only entertain the viewers, but also educated them about social ills.

“We have a storyline where a boyfriend abuses his girlfriend. Gender-based violence is a huge issue in Mzansi, and we had to do something about it, as the show.”

She added that the role would teach viewers about GBV.

“He will talk to the men of KwaMashu, and plead with them to protect women. We hope that with this storyline, there will be a decrease in the numbers of gender-based violence incidents.”

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