Zolisa Xaluva Fired Smoke and MirrorsZolisa Xaluva (Image: Phil Mphela/X)

Award-Winning Actor Zolisa Xaluva Fired from Smoke and Mirrors

In an unexpected turn of events, seasoned actor Zolisa Xaluva who was part of the cast of e.tv’s telenovela Smoke and Mirrors as Caesar has been fired from the show.

Renowned entertainment commentator Phil Mphela broke the news on Thursday morning on his verified X (formerly Twitter) handle.

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Breaking the News: Phil Mphela Reveals Xaluva’s Departure

Taking to X, Phil Mphela revealed that Zolisa Xaluva had been fired from Smoke and Mirrors. He however did not reveal why the actor had been let go. Mphela said Xaluva;’s character as one of the three protagonists, Caesar will likely be recast.

“Zolisa Xaluva fired from #etvSmokeAndMirrors. The prolific award-winning actor has been let go from the hit e.tv telenovela — which is the 7th most watched show in South Africa. The role of ruthless businessman, Caesar, will likely be recast,” said Mphela.

As of this article’s publication, Zolisa Xaluva had neither confirmed nor denied his exit from Smoke and Mirrors. Efforts to get a comment from him by ZoomSouthAfrica were unsuccessful.

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Fans React To News of Zolisa Xaluva Was Fired From Smoke and Mirrors

Naturally, the news of the veteran actor’s dismissal from the telenovela stirred a flurry of reactions in the comments section. Some speculated that monetary issues led to Zolisa Xakuva being fired from Smoke and Mirrors, while others noted a pattern of him being let go from every show he has been a part of. Some suggested he might have chosen to leave on his own accord due to the storyline losing its edge.

Below are some of the reactions to the news that Zolisa Xaluva has been fired:


I’m reminded of the JZ era where his cabinet was always reshuffled at midnight 😭


This story like Gomora is not moving… maybe he felt that again.


This guy always gets fired from every show he is in. The unfortunate part is he kills every role and he is very talented.


I don’t know the story, but I do know that Xolisa doesn’t tolerate mediocrity.


Wherever he is going next, I’m going with him. Guy is good. He can never do any wrong in my eyes.

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