Bongani’s age comes under scrutiny due to his appearance and stature, representing the beard gang well; Thulani has been in his beard for the previous two decades. Just as some actors play characters that don’t match their real ages, Gomora fans are shocked that Bongani is younger than he looks onscreen.
On 16 March, South African Black Twitter president @ChrisExcel sent shockwaves through Mzansi when he revealed that Thulani Mtsweni, the actor who plays the role of Ntokozo on Gomora, is 30 years old, according to Google. This revelation was met with disbelief by fans of the former Isidingo star, as the actor looks much older than 30 in real life.
Hau 😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/8280QN6RRN
— ChrisExcel (@ChrisExcel102) March 16, 2023
Although there is some discrepancy between various online sources regarding the exact date of Mtsweni‘s birth, it appears that he is likely to be in his early thirties. Buzz South Africa states that he was born on 12 March 1994, while The Nation claims he was born on 31 July 1968, and Msala reports that he was born on 12 March 1987.
Gomora actor ‘Bongani’ Thulani Mtsweni’s real age
However, according to SavannaNews, Thulani Mtsweni is aged 55. Born on 31 July 1968 in Tsakane, East Rand, Thulani was a late bloomer; unlike other soapie stars, he found his breakthrough late and first appeared on our television in 2015 at the age of 47.
Due to rejection and hatred in the acting industry, Thulani got exposure to drama by working with student-produced plays for a longer part of his career. His major television breakthrough came in 2017 when he bagged a role on Isidingo, where he played Shadrack Bhekiziswe Sibiya, a miner who always courts trouble. Over his acting career, he played Mpihlangene Zungu on Isibaya and was featured on etv’s Rhythm City, where he played the role of an abducted boy.