The Wife: Showmax Series Actors Cast, Age Rating, Airing Time & Channel, Episodes, Trailer & Download

The Wife, a movie series showing on ShowMax, has become an obsession for many viewers, not just in South Africa but across the African continent, including Nigeria.

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The Wife: Showmax Series

The Wife, a movie series showing on ShowMax, has become an obsession for many viewers, not just in South Africa but across the African continent, including Nigeria.

The series is inspired by a bestselling novel of the same title  Hlomu: The Wife by Dudu Busani-Dube. Since the telenovela started airing, it has continued to grow its fan base. And it appears like there’s no stopping it.

The series might be new, but it broke all previous records on the Showmax network, invariably showing that there will always be an audience for a riveting story. The interest in the soapie is as hit as ever.


When Hlomu, an ambitious journalist, falls for a charming taxi driver, his secrets draw her into a dark underworld. Telenovela inspired by Dudu Busani-Dube’s books Hlomu the Wife and its sequels. New episodes every Thursday.

Genre:Soap & Telenovela, DramaYear:2021Rating:16VL
Director & Cast:Mbalenhle Mavimbela, Bonko Khoza, Mondli Makhoba

Actors (Cast)

The wife has got some incredibly gifted actors in its cast. They include Bonko Khoza as Mqhele Zulu, Mbalenhle Mavimbela as Hlomu, Kwenzo Ngcobo as Qhawe, Sipho Ndlovu as Sambulo, Abdul Khoza as Nqoba, Mondli Makhoba as Nkosana, Thulane Nkululeko Shange as Mqoqi, Ishmauel Songo as Mpande, Swelihle Luthuli as Ntsika


A spirited, young investigative journalist. Love pushes her to pick between a life of finding the truth and a life of masking it. Hlomu is acted by Mbalenhle Mavimbela.


On the surface, Mqhele is a caring, family dude, but deep down, his monsters are in a battle with one another. He chases after what he desires until it’s his. Mqhele is potreyed by Bonko Khoza.


The first child of the Zulu brothers, he took over as the head of the family after his parents’ murder. He’s a man of a few words and thinks carefully before he acts. Nkosana is played by Mondli Makhoba.


He’s a ‘hit first and explains later’ type of man. Occasionally he doesn’t even explain. Abdul Khoza plays Nqoba.


The most adorable of the brothers, Qhawe is also the household strategist. He saw Hlomu first, and it was love at first sight, but this one time, he forgot to put a plan into activity. Kwenzo Ngcobo is Qhawe.


There’s more to this brother than meets the eye. Laidback, humorous, and secretive hitman. He’s not after control but is his brothers’ protector and the proper glue operating silently to hold them all together. Sipho Ndlovu is Sambulo.

Age Rating

The telenovela is rated 16VL, which means that it contains scenes of violence and strong language and only suitable for people aged 16 and above.

Airing Time & Channel

Knowing a great telenovela exists is one thing; knowing where to watch it is something altogether different. If you’re not conversant with the series and desire to watch it, Show Max has got you covered.

The streaming service brings The Wife hot to viewers, episode after episode.

The Wife started on ShowMax in early November. Three episodes are added every Thursday. So keep your eyes peeled then.

Watch / Download

You can legally watch the series here


Since the series started, The Wife has had over 20 episodes, each taking viewers into worlds of intrigues, suspense, and drama. It’s like the writers of the series are keen to keep fans on their toes, with no idea what should follow in new episodes.

Well, therein lies part of the merits of the series. With no clues what will follow, expectations are pretty high, and fans get to commit to watching more. In fact, some reports out there indicated that some viewers had to wake up early just to watch episodes of the series and miss nothing. Now it takes great storytelling to have an audience this committed.

Season 1

Episode 1: Ice cream
Length: 23 min

Episode 2: Otherwise Engaged
Length: 23 min

Episode 3: The Date
Length: 25 min

Episode 4: Kiss of Death
Length: 22 min

Episode 5: Meet The Brothers
Length: 23 min

Episode 6: The First Time
Length: 24 min

Episode 7: A Different World
Length: 24 min

Episode 8: Twinning
Length: 24 min

Episode 9: A Ringing Phone Must Be Answered
Length: 25 min

Episode 10: Black And Blue
Length: 23 min

Episode 11: You Can Run But You Can’t Hide
Length: 22 min

Episode 12: Someone Your Own Size
Length: 25 min

Episode 13: My Brother’s Keeper
Length: 24 min

Episode 14: Where There Is Smoke
Length: 22 min

Episode 15: If You Love Something Let It Go
Length: 24 min

Episode 16: Hiding In Plain Sight
Length: 24 min

Episode 17: A Hard Case To Crack
Length: 26 min

Episode 18: Till Death Do Us Part
Length: 24 min

Episode 19: The Aftermath
Length: 25 min

Episode 20: Gone But Not Forgotten
Length: 24 min

Episode 21: Where Are The Boys?
Length: 22 min

Episode 22: Umuzi kaBaba
Length: 27 min

Episode 23: The Calm
Length: 25 min

Episode 24: The Storm
Length: 26 min


To give fans glimpses of what to expect, ShowMax had released a trailer. Expectedly, fans didn’t get all about the trailer, which plays for less than a minute. Still. It was potent enough to snap the attention of viewers and make them scream for more.

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