Masasa Mbangeni is set to show her range in ‘Heart of a Hunter’

Award-winning actress Masasa Mbangeni is set to showcase her range as Malime Mambi in Netflix’s spy-thriller Heart of a Hunter.


Masasa Mbangeni will portray the role of Malime Mambi, a hardworking market seller who is a single mother on Netflix’s new thriller, Heart of the Hunter.

Mbangeni tells Sowetan that she’s naturally worried how people will receive her latest character and questioned herself if people will like her role.

“Of course, I’m a little worried about how people will receive my role in this film. I questioned myself if they would receive me the same as they did on Devil’s Peak.“

Mbangeni adds that she hasn’t been on TV in a long time knows people will receive her role as Malime well.

Her nerves have been tempered by time based on her experience as an actor and the endearing love she’s received from my acting.

“People who have followed my career have seen that I have a deep love for acting… it is [acting] brings me so much joy and I know the world can see that.”

Netflix confirms that the upcoming film, Heart of the Hunter, is a twisty spy-thriller based on the novel by acclaimed author Deon Meyer and directed by the renowned Mandla Dube (Silverton Siege).

The show also features actors Connie Chiume, Bonko Khoza, Connie Ferguson, Sisanda Henna and so many more. The spy-thriller will launch on Netflix on Friday, 29 March.

TVSA reports that the Heart of a Hunter actress Masasa Mbangeni has also starred in TV shows such as HouseKeepers seasons one and two, Harvest and many more.

The isiXhosa actress is best known for her starring role as the arch-villain Thembeka Shezi on the’s soapie Scandal!.

The publication adds that Mbangeni was nominated twice for Best Actress in a TV Soap at the SAFTAs for her role on Scandal! from 2014 and 2015 and won the award in 2015.

Mbangeni also starred in popular crime thriller, Devil’s Peak in 2023. The show is based on the best-selling 2004 novel by South African writer Deon Meyer.

The five-episode crime thriller series follows broken detective Benny Griesel (Hilton Pelser) and also stars Thobela Mpayiheli (played by Sisanda Henna).

Former Scandal! actress plays the role of Mbali Kaleni, one of the SAPS’ few university-educated female officers in the thriller.