Two decades ago Nthati was one of the first black performing arts graduates at Natal Tecknikon, now known as the Durban University of Technology.

She’s never looked back, and her acting career has gone from strength to strength.

Known to many viewers as the hard-headed Morongwe in Scandal!, Nthati chats to us about her career and joining the cast of Saints & Sinners, the first episode of which was broadcast on Sunday on Mzansi Magic.

Her role in this crime drama, Mamohato, is similar to parts she’s played before – a heartless mother, determined to succeed at any cost, who also wants to see her children get ahead no matter what.

ntathi and other cast members
Cast members of Saints & Sinners.

Mamahato’s approach to life is far from ideal, but she doesn’t care about what anyone else thinks of her. She wants to get her own way.

Nthati says being on the set of this show has revived her soul as an actor. “ When you have been doing something for too long you lose your passion slightly, but seeing how energetic and hungry these young actors are has revived my passion for acting,” the 45-year-old says.

Former Isibaya actor Sdumo Mtshali, and Siyabonga Radebe who play her son and nephew on the show have impressed Nthati the most.

“Working with such unbelievable talent – with two young actors who went to the same institution as me is such a gift . . . we had some very nostalgic moments,” she recalls.

Despite having earned her acting stripes Nthati believes she needs to keep honing her skills.

If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen her since her Scandal! days, it’s because she decided to become a call actor so that she could do more theatre work and play roles on other shows.

The decision has also allowed her to spend more time with her 12-year-old son, Sabelo, and do other things she enjoys.

One of these things is making movies. Nthati hopes to act in a movie this year, something she hasn’t done for many years. Her past movies include Beat the Drum, Round Trip and Cape of Good Hope.

“Doing movies is my first passion and I’m really hopeful that the movie I’m supposed to be starring in will come to fruition,” she says.