Muzi Mthabela has become a household name in South Africa through Isibaya. He made headlines when he announced he was leaving. His life has had ups and downs that leave his fans inspired and encouraged. If you are unaware of this, read on!
Muzi Mthabela is a South African actor, editor, speaker, and former model. He has appeared in some of the most popular telenovelas of recent memory despite having a rough patch in his younger days. The news that he was leaving his role as Duma from Isibaya caught fans off-guard. The reasons he left the show are below, but first of all, let this article introduce you to the man behind the name.
- Real name: Muzi KaChibi Mthabela
- Date of birth: April 2nd, 1977
- Age: 43 years
- Place of birth: Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal
- Occupation: Actor, editor, motivational speaker
- Education: University of KwaZulu-Natal
- Muzi Mthabela Instagram: @muzimthabela
He was born on April 2nd, 1977, meaning Muzi Mthabela age is 43 years. His full name is Muzi KaChibi Mthabela. He was born in KwaZulu-Natal’s Eshowe region. Muzi Mthabela hometown, i.e. where he was raised, includes Clermont, eMandeni, and Mzolwa along with his siblings by a single mother.
Muzi Mthabela father was not around as he had separated from his mother. The two met when he was 12 years old, and the actor says he learned a lot of lessons from him. In a Muzi Mthabela interview for the October 25th, 2017 edition of Move! Magazine, he said:
He taught me to be a responsible man and I believe that if it was not for him, I would not be where I am in life.
He developed an addiction to alcohol at a young age in Clermont after falling victim to peer pressure. While in this rebellious phase, he eventually went from drinking ciders to gologo (spirits) and smoking.
In March 2010, there was an incident when the South African hip-hop artist known as Molemo Maarohanye (stage name Jub Jub) was drag-racing under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The race resulted in an accident that left four children dead and two with brain damage. He was sentenced to jail for culpable homicide, something that had Mthabela thinking about his own life decisions. In his own words, he said:
I remember thinking, this could have been me because, at the time, I would drink and drive. The truth is, under the influence, your judgement becomes impaired. I made a lot of mistakes under the influence.
The journey towards becoming sober was not an immediate success. It was until he got married and had children that he returned to Christianity and gave up drugs entirely.
Today, he does not perform in any scenes involving drugs in his acting career, including on Isibaya. He also gives motivational speeches at schools and around communities.
Career and Isibaya
He initially wanted to be a Catholic priest before going into the show business. He studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal seeking to obtain qualifications in postproduction and editing. After graduating, however, his path took him in front of the camera into acting. In 1999, he relocated to Johannesburg to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Since then, he has appeared in the following roles:
- Season 1 of Ashes to Ashes (2015 to 2016) where he portrayed as Pangaman
- Season 3 of BootCamp Mzansi – Celebrity Edition where he appeared as a guest trainer
- Season 1 of Cishe Ngafa where he appeared as a voiceover artist
- Season 2 of Dream World where he portrayed a character referred to as Dan
- Season 1 of Harvest where he plays the role of Richard
- Seasons 1 through 8 of Isibaya where he was Duma Ngema
- Season 1 of Isidingo where he portrayed a character referred to as Gagashe
- Season 3 of Jacob’s Cross where he portrayed Mbali's date and was credited as Muzi Ka Chibi Mthabela
- Season 1 of Loxion Lyric where he plays William
- Season 1 of Muvhango where he has the character referred to as Richard
- Season 2 of Ring of Lies where he got the role of Isaac
- Seasons 2 and 3 of Saints and Sinners where he played the role of Samuel
- Season 3 of Sokhulu and Partners where he portrayed a character referred to as Sergeant Nhleko
- Seasons 1 and 2 of Tempy Pushas where he had the role of the Executor
- Thug Huis (2013), a Maznsi Magic movie directed by Lokshin Bioskop where he was in the starring role alongside the actors such as Khanyi Mbau, Lolo Mphephi, and Siphiwe Mtshali
- Season 1 of The Road where he played the Mayor and was credited as Muzi KaChibi Mthaleba
- Season 3 of Zaziwa where he portrayed himself
Even with his acting career, he has also worked behind the scenes of the show as an editor. For this, he received a nomination at the 2017 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) in the category Best Achievement in Post Production and Editing - TV Soap / Telenovela.
He was also an editor on SABC1’s Bone of My Bones, as well as Zola 7, Zone 14, Jacob's Cross, City Ses'la, Skwizas, Gaz'lam, Usindiso, Tempy Pushas, Rolling with Zola, Rolling with Kelly, and Mina Nawe.
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The news came in May 2020 that he was leaving Isibaya after 8 seasons. Reports state that the reason he is leaving the Mzansi Magic telenovela is to pursue other roles, and two main future endeavours have been brought up thus far.
One of them involves joining the cast of e-TV’s popular telenovela Imbewu in a lead role. The other involves playing the legendary Zulu king Shaka Zulu in M-Net’s upcoming epic titled Shaka Illembe. It is expected to be similar to Game of Thrones and be a 12-part series distributed worldwide. Pictures of him in traditional royal Zulu attire that seem to confirm the latter have been posted to his Instagram.
Muzi Mthabela family
Muzi Mthabela wife of over 10 years is named Zanele. They have two daughters together.
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