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More info on Thembeka's Scandal! departure

2016-01-26 19:00
Masasa Mbangeni (Instagram)

Johannesburg - Scandal! has been trending a lot lately. And most of the time, it's because of Thembeka.

So, when news leaked on Monday that Masasa Mbangeni would be leaving the soapie, we were seriously concerned for half a minute that soapie lovers would not be able to cope with the news.

But before you jump off that building, we've got some good news. Scandal! execs have confirmed to The Juice that this is not a permanent move.

"Masasa Mbangeni, who plays the role of Thembeka Shezi, will be taking a break from her role in May. Her character, Thembeka, remains alive in the Scandal! world.  Viewers can expect her back on the show in the future," said's Michael Pocock.

It's understood that Masasa is taking the time off to focus on theatre and movie opportunities. Okay, we guess we can all cope with some time without her, as long as it's not a divorce.