Thuli Thabethe takes over late Busi Lurayi’s role on ‘Scandal!’


Thuli Thabethe has announce to be replacing Busi Lurayi on etv’s Scandal.

Her appearance will begin on September 2, and she plays the role of Me’Shell.

Busi’s untimely death saw her character needing a re-cast and who better than the talented Thuli to fill her shoes.

Producer at Scandal! said they were very shocked when they found out about Busi’s passing.

They were in awe over Busi’s portrayal of the cougar wife role and said she was very professional to work with.

“At e.tv Scandal! we were shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of Busisiwe Lurayi. Busi was midstream in the portrayal of Me’shell the cougar housewife who pays her fitness trainer, CJ, for additional training on the side! She embraced the role, was doing an amazing job, and was extremely professional to work with. We were keen to present her final work to audiences of Scandal! We are grateful to the Lurayi family for supporting our request,” said Sanele Zulu in a statement sent to TshisaLive.

In the statement, Thuli Thabethe said she is honoured to be taking over the role of Me’Shell from her late friend.

“It is also an honour to be an understudy to such a prolific, talented artist. Busi became the character, I always said, the rest of us would put in work and act but she would become the character. Stepping into the character of Me’Shell who had been played by Busi, I know that I would have big shoes to fill. I am thankful for the opportunity from Scandal! and e.tv for trusting in my ability to continue with the work she started. I am honoured and blessed,” she said.

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