Leleti Khumalo is an award-winning actress who currently plays MaZulu on the drama series Imbewu: The Seed, Real Life Facts About MaZulu From Imbewu: The Seed.
Globally, she is renowned for her role in the movies Sarafina, Hotel Rwanda, Invictus, and Yesterday. Besides acting, Khumalo is also a radio show host and an accomplished musician.
Dancer for Amajika Group and Mbongeni Ngema
From an early age, she wanted to pursue acting, she began her career in music and acting when she joined a youth dance group, Amajika. During this time, Tu Nokwe mentored the budding actor. When she was 15 years old, her journey from obscurity to stardom began.
The actor, musician, and playwright Mbongeni Ngema while scouting for talent visited a garage where her youth group was performing. Ngema drafted Leleti into his Sarafina cast, one of his musical productions. Since then, Leleti Khumalo’s career and personal life were never the same, eventually, she became a global sensation.
Love Life And GBV Experience
Skhuthazo Winston Khanyile became Leleti Khumalo’s husband in 2012. Previously Khumalo was married to Mbongeni Ngema who was 15 years older than her and turned violent and abusive leading to their divorce.
Khumalo is a mother of three. The veteran actress has a child with Ngema and twins with her business tycoon husband Khanyile.
One Of Mzansi Most Decorated Actresses
Khumalo is one of the most decorated South African Actresses, despite her international escapades, she still continues to grace our small screens. In 2004 Khumalo starred in Hotel Rwanda and Yesterday; the latter was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award in the category “Best Foreign Language Film”.
Khumalo then joined the cast of one of South Africa’s longest-running soap operas, Generations in 2005 as Busiswe (Busi) Dlomo. In 2015 Khumalo joined the cast of Uzalo and played as Zandile “MaNzuza” Mdletshe. The role marked her first on-screen appearance after a two-year hiatus from acting to raise her children.
The talented actress is currently playing MaZulu, a leading role in etv’s hit soapie Imbewu: The Seed and has won the hearts of many.
Real Life Facts About MaZulu From Imbewu: The Seed
Leleti Khumalo Rare Skin Disease
The actress has been a victim of the rare skin condition, Vitiligo. Vitiligo is a rare skin condition in which the pigment cells of the skin, melanocytes, are destroyed in certain areas. Leleti embraces it and has never been camera shy or felt less human because of it.
Net Worth and Fortune
When It comes to the highest-paid entertainers in South Africa the list will be incomplete without Leleti Khumalo on it. The seasoned actress has amassed wealth in her acting career which has spanned for years. Little is know about her monthly take-home salary but the veteran actress’s net worth is estimated to be between USD 900 000. The star actress owns a number of top luxurious cars and properties across South Africa.
Khumalo Darkest Moments
Khumalo once indicated that losing one of her triplets was something she couldn’t bear at all. Apart from her miscarriage Khumalo also pointed out her toxic and abusive relationship with Ngema was also one of her darkest moments in life.