No telenovela is complete without a truly treacherous female. That one character that causes most of the chaos and that fans secretly love to hate. DStv’s line-up of telenovelas has more than its fair share of devious divas, but who is the worst of them all? DStv recently ran a Twitter poll to find South Africa’s favourite mean-spirited leading ladies.
Here are South Africa’s top votes for the title of ‘Most Devious’:
THE WINNER: 59%
Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana, The River
No one gets the best of Lindiwe (Sindi Dlathu) and gets away with it. The enigmatic mining magnate of Khanyisa Diamond Mine buries secrets with the same single-mindedness she uses to bury bodies.
Lindiwe has been through hell and back, which is probably why her evil knows no bounds. Her devotion to her husband rivals that of Brooke Logan, even managing to rekindle their romance after he kicks her out of their home. With a track record of lies, manipulation and murder (anyone else fed someone to a lion, lately?), the fact that she tried to kill her biological daughter doesn’t even surprise us.
Catch Lindiwe’s next moves in The River, weekdays on Mzansi Magic 161 at 19:00.
THE RUNNER-UP: 28.8%
Harriet Khoza, The Queen
A doting wife and shrewd businesswoman, Harriet Khoza (Connie Ferguson) is not about to let her crown slip easily. Having learnt to survive and fend for herself from an early age, she can be vicious even while feigning compassion.
With a chest full of secrets, including killing her hubby, her calculated and composed nature ensures her reign will last for a long time to come.
Tune in for all the drama on The Queen, weekdays on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) at 21:00.
IN THIRD: 8.5%
Thati Ndaba, Gomora
Like every other Queen Bee, Thathi Ndaba’s (Katlego Danke) red-bottomed Louboutin’s are soiled in tragedy, corruption and deceit. After ditching her true love for money and the bright lights of Sandton, she’s hit by a series of unfortunate events that see her crashing back to earth – and Alexandra township, her former home.
Nothing will hold her down until she’s back on top, living her socialite dream life. A plotter and planner, she’s cunningly waiting for the right time to exact sweet revenge on those who made her fall from grace.
Watch Thati reclaim her seat in Gomora, weekdays on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) at 19:30.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: 5.7%
Bridgette October, Suidooster
Bridgette October (Denise Newman) has her eye on the pulse of everything that happens at her Suidooster Sentrum in Ruiterbosch. This gives her the ideal vantage point to scheme against her neighbours or drive her sister out of town.
While she’s not one to get her hands dirty, her treasure trove of secrets and ingenious plans provides her with the upper hand every time.
Get caught up with the drama on Suidooster, weekdays on kykNET (DStv Channel 144) and kykNET and kykNET&kie (DStv Channel 145) at 18:30.
Mkabayi Zungu, Isibaya
“An eye for an eye” – that’s the life motto of Mkabayi Zungu (Thembi Nyandeni), Isibaya’s tough-talking, AK47-wielding aunty. Although she has no kids of her own, Mkabayi believes in family, tradition and business – and beware anyone that tries to mess with hers.
After being forced into a high-profile public and political involvement with the taxi business, she showed just what she was made of by slinging her gun alongside the men in her community during a street fight.
Don’t miss a moment of Mkabayi’s mayhem in Isibaya (DStv Channel 161) at 20:30, now available on Showmax.
Felicity Price, Legacy
New diva on the block, Felicity Price (Mary-anne Barlow) from M-Net’s new telenovela Legacy, is a rose pruning devil in red-bottomed heels. Felicity is too ambitious for her own good and that ambition has turned into murderous intent.
Having been groomed to take over her father’s company, Felicity is livid when she finds out the position of CEO will be given to her stepmother and does everything – and we mean everything – in her power to claw her way to the top job. Her shocking antics have us literally cringing on our couches.
Don’t miss a moment of Legacy’s engrossing drama on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 19:00, now available on Catch-up and Showmax.