Siyabonga Thwala Biography

Siyabonga Thwala is among the few South African actors with successful careers. His fans cannot get enough of him because of his acting skills. For those of you who do not know him well, most people refer to him as the “ruthless publisher” because of the Vusi Zwane role he played in the soapie Scandal.

He was a star actor on the SABC1 soapie opera Generations where he played as Paul Mashaba and most of the people refer him as Mpiyakhe Zungu on


Isibaya. He is a man of many talents. His acting career began in 1989.

Siyabonga Thwala age

Siyabong Thwala was born on 17 March 1969, meaning he just turned 51 years a few weeks ago. He grew up in Umlazi Township in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal where he was born.

Siyabonga Thwala family

Siyabonga is one of those actors who strongly believe that efforts should do the speaking for an individual. Not so much is known about this actor. what we know is that he has a brother. He has been able to keep his private life out of the public eye for the longest time now. Perhaps, it is because he holds his family so dear, and would not love to see them being exposed to unnecessary drama

Siyanonga Thwala wife

Apart from what you see on screens, Siyabonga is a family man. He is married to a beautiful wife known as Thandi Twala. However, little is in public about the Siyabonga Thwala wedding. Also, there is no record of him having a past relationship before meeting his current wife. What is the name of Siyabonga Thwala son? Nothing of the sort is in public yet. As mentioned earlier, Siyabonga Twala and his wife prefer to keep their lives a secret

Siyabonga Thwala career

His acting career Siyabonga happens to be among the top and controlled actors South Africa has ever had. He started his career way back in the year 1989. After a few trials here and there in the industry, he finally made his entrance in 1996. The actor was assigned a role in the 1996 movie titled Born Free: A New Adventure. Indeed, this movie was a blessing to him. It is in the same year that he was invited to play a role in a television series known as Tarzan and the Scarlet Diamond: S1 to S5.

In 1998, Thwala turned down the role of Godlieb Mofokeng in SABC3 soapie Isidingo. The turned it down because he wasn’t ready for a long-term commitment to TV. In a compromising way, he agreed to play the lesser role of J for a short time.

Thwala appeared in six episodes in the recurring role of Jimmy on the second (2nd) season of the SABC1 drama series Gaz’lam in 2003. He played the role of Dali in the well-known SABC1 drama series entitled Soul City.

In 2005, he played the role of newspaper publisher Vusi Zwane on soapie, Scandal. Thwala left Scandal in February 2007 while his character continued in the movie and was killed off in May.

In the same year (2007), he appeared as Kenneth Mashababa’s brother Paul in the SABC1 drama series Generation. He played the role for 3 years (until 2010). Still, on his acting career, he starred as Mpiyakhe Zungu, a high profile taxi boss, in the Mzansi Magic telenovela-turned-soapie, Isibaya.

Siyabonga Thwala awards

Below are his awards and achievements in the entertainment industry:

  1. Golden Horn Award (2007)
  2. Best Actor for the TV drama Intersex ions (2014)
  3. Outstanding Lead Actor (2014) Read more:

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