, we've got whiplash from our double-take when we heard this news...
Uzalo star Leleti Khumalo is leaving the show and won't be on the upcoming fourth season.
Leleti, who's starred as Zandile "MaNzuza" Mdletshe since the show's debut in February 2015, is calling it quits.
Sihle Ndaba is also leaving, taking her character Smangele with her. Sihle has also been on the show since Season 1.
This is what Leleti has to say about her exit:
Leleti: "I am grateful for the opportunity, and the platform the show provided for me to bond with the viewers, and my fans who have been a part of my journey over the years.
Whilst this has not been as easy decision for me as an artist, it is time for me to move on and grow professionally in other areas.”
Uzalo's new season premieres in February 2018 and word from the show's production house Stained Glass is that it's going to feature an injection of new characters.
These roles haven't been cast yet but they're going to be soon. The show will be searching for talent through open auditions, as it did before it premiered back in 2014. (Blast-to-the-past to the first auditions
We'll keep you posted on these and other developments.