What happened to Israel Matseke Zulu? Age, family, sickness, movies, salary, worth

What happened to Israel Matseke Zulu? Age, family, sickness, movies, salary, worth

You may be missing the intensity of Israel Matseke Zulu in Gomora on SABC, but the South African actor has had to take an unexpected break from production to attend to his health. So, what happened to Israel Matseke Zulu? The Mzanzi Magic star has spoken up about his fight with gangrene, evading hospitals, and having his leg amputated. Briefly.co.za has all the details.

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What happened to Israel Matseke Zulu? Age, family, sickness, movies, salary, worth
Israel Matseke Zulu's cars frequently pop up in his Instagram feed. Photo: @israelmatsekezulu
Source: Instagram

After four weeks of hospitalisation, is your favourite Gomora gangster Israel Matseke Zulu still alive? Read on with Briefly.co.za to find out!

Israel Matseke Zulu's profile

  • Full name: Israel Makoe Zulu
  • Nickname: Israel Matseke Zulu
  • Famous for: His role as GP in the SABC1 drama series Gaz'lam
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Alexandra, Gauteng
  • Date of birth: 1974
  • Israel Matseke Zulu's age: 48 in 2022
  • Current residence: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Nationality: South African
  • Ethnicity: Black
  • Sexuality: Straight
  • Israel Matseke Zulu's wife: None
  • Children: 1 son (with 1 son deceased in 2011)
  • Siblings: Four
  • Height: 187 cm
  • Eye colour: Brown
  • Hair colour: Brown
  • School: Gordon Combined School
  • Occupation: Actor, poet, singer and dancer
  • Languages: English, Sotho (Northern), Zulu, Lingo
  • Israel Matseke Zulu's net worth: $10 million in 2022
  • Israel Matseke Zulu's salary: R35 000 - R50 000 in December 2021
  • Instagram: @israelmatsekezulu
  • Twitter: @GP_MaOrange

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What happened to Israel Matseke Zulu? Age, family, sickness, movies, salary, worth
This talented actor is also a director for the Alexandra-based theatre group Ishoshovi. Photo: @israelmatsekezulu
Source: Instagram

Israel Matseke Zulu's biography

He was born in the Alexandra Township near Johannesburg, South Africa, and he was the second-eldest of five children in his family. He attended the Gordon Combined School, but sadly from 1988, he took to a life of crime. Israel Matseke Zulu's house robberies landed him behind bars in 1996.


Matseke Zulu was sentenced to eight years in jail, where he formed the Abaqobi Drama Group among the inmates. When he was released in 1999, he found employment with the Victory Sonqoba Theatre Company, where he got the chance to try out for the award-winning SABC1 drama series Yizo Yizo.

In 2015, he starred as Jakes Masilo, Killer's right-hand man, in the eTV drama series Z'bondiwe. His Mzansi Magic soapie isiBaya debut occurred in November 2016 in the form of the mobster Cyprian Gumbi. He has since appeared in several television shows and movies, most recently playing the role of Don in Gomora. The most popular Israel Matseke Zulu movies include his portrayal of a Bracelet soldier on The Good Lie and Skroef on Avenged.

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What happened to Israel Matseke Zulu? Age, family, sickness, movies, salary, worth
To date, he has been credited over 25 times for various projects. Photo: @israelmatsekezulu
Source: Instagram


Is Israel Matseke Zulu married? Although he has fathered two sons, the South African actor has never been wed. He was allegedly dating Wabantu, a singer and socialite, but Zulu flatly refuted the allegation.

Sadly, it was reported that one of the star's sons, Tebogo, was shot and killed in 2011.

What is happening with Israel Matseke Zulu?

You may be missing your favourite Gomora actor, but did you know he asked to be written off the show due to Israel Matseke Zulu's sickness? After several months of pain in his leg, he was finally convinced by his friend, Mzwakhe Sigudla, to seek medical attention. Unfortunately, doctors discovered that he was suffering from gangrene which, without treatment, would start affecting his kidneys and other limbs.

So, what happened to actor Israel? According to Sunday World, he consented to have his leg amputated since the agony was intensifying but rescheduled the appointments multiple times. After a four-week hospitalisation at the Rob Ferreira Hospital in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, he eventually underwent the procedure.

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What happened to Israel Matseke Zulu? Age, family, sickness, movies, salary, worth
A formal statement regarding the Gomora star's health status was released on Twitter late last year. Photo: @MphoTsedu
Source: Twitter

After a long and painful battle, Israel Matseke Zulu's illness seems to be under control, although he, unfortunately, lost a foot in the process. However, this loss will undoubtedly not put a damper on his enthusiasm for acting, and, although it seems he will no longer be appearing in Gomora, we anticipate his return to the screens in another iconic notorious gangster role.

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