Nomzamo Mbatha

Nomzamo Mbatha is a South African actress television personality who first came to public attention as one of the three finalists in the 2012 MTV Base VJ Search and in 2013 she was cast in IsiBaya, a Mzansi Magic soap opera, where she portrayed a character of Thandeka Zungu.

Nomzamo Mbatha
Born Nomzamo Mbatha
July 13, 1990
Education UCT
Occupation Actress
TV Personality
Since 2012 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Nomzamo Mbatha was born in the township of KwaMashu situated in the north west of the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

While she is known as Nomzamo Mbatha her name has also been written as Nomzamo Nxumalo Mbatha,  Nomzamo Mbatha Nxumalo as well as Nomzamo Mxumalo Mbatha.

Both Mbatha and Nxumalo are popular Zulu (and Nguni) surnames especially in her home province of KwaZulu-Natal while Mxumalo is relatively unknown.

She was raised in the KwaMashu township in KwaZulu-Natal in a household run by her late grandmother, in an interview with the Sunday World she was quoted “I grew up with my uncles and my gran was the head of the house, so I’m pretty much a granny’s girl.”

Nomzamo Mbatha is one of eight children; she is a middle child with five brothers and two sisters – one of her sisters has since passed away.

She did her schooling in Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province.

Nomzamo Mbatha went to Bechet High School in suburb of Sydenham in the city of Durban where she later matriculated.

While in high school Nomzamo Mbatha was invited to be a Madam Speaker in the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Parliament.

After matriculating from Bechet High School she relocated to Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

There (Cape Town, Western Cape) Nomzamo Mbatha enrolled at the University of Cape Town to study a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting (BComm Accounting).

Speaking about her relocation to the Western Cape leaving her grandmother behind in KwaZulu-Natal, Nomzamo Mbatha was quoted “It was really hard for Gogo [grandmother] to let go of me. We were very close, and the thought of my being so far away was too much for her.”

One year after she relocated to the Western Cape her grandmother passed away, she was quoted by the City Press remarking on the loss of her grandmother “That was a very hard time for me, but death taught me more about life than life itself. You know nothing until you’ve lost someone you love. The biggest lesson I learnt was to be fearless about grabbing opportunities. Nothing in this world is permanent, so you need to do what you can while you can.”

In is understood that Nomzamo Mbatha left the University of Cape Town following her joining IsiBaya and she is continuing her Accounting studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

MTV Base VJ Search, 2012

In 2012 while studying a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting Nomzamo Mbatha entered the MTV Base VJ Search.

Talia Ann Tifflin and Nomzamo Mbatha at the 2012 MTV Base VJ Search Audition in DurbanThe auditions for the 2012 MTV Base VJ search were held on July 14, 2012 at Cape Gate Shopping District, Cape Town in the Western Cape and at Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga, Durban in KwaZulu-Natal and on July 21, 2012 at Viacom International Media Networks Africa in Hyde Park, Johannesburg in Gauteng.

The judges for the 2012 MTV Base search were Azania Mosaka, Bonang Matheba, Hi Hop Pantsula (HHP) and Tim Horwood.

Nomzamo Mbatha auditioned at Gateway Theatre of Shopping in her hometown of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.

In that Durban audition she made it to the top 70 out of an estimated 600 hopefuls and later made it to the final 10 which later competed with the hopefuls from Cape Town and Johannesburg.

When she was asked if she was going to win, Nomzamo Mbatha answered “If I told you that I’m not going to win this, then why am I even be bothering?”

In the end made it all the way to the final three alongside fellow losing finalist, Naledi Radebe and eventual winner Nomuzi Mabena.

IsiBaya, 2013 – 2014

On February 28, 2013 Nomzamo Mbatha was revealed along with the rest of the cast of the then upcoming Mzansi Magic telenovela.She was cast as “Thandeka Zungu”, a well educated, modern city girl and the daughter of high profile taxi boss, Mpiyakhe Zungu (portrayed by Siyabonga Thwala of Generations fame).

In March 2014 following the success and popularity of the telenovela the show was converted by Mzansi Magic into a daily soap opera. Nomzamo Mbatha’s portrayal of “Thandeka Zungu”has been a subject of critical praise. In April 2014 she left IsiBaya.

2014 – to date

Since her departure from IsiBaya, Nomzamo Mbatha starred alongside Maps Maponyane in an upcoming romantic comedy, Tell Me Sweet Something, written and directed by Akin Omotoso. The film, Tell Me Sweet Something, also stars Kagiso Lediga, Thomas Gumede, Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu and it scheduled to be released in 2015.

In mid January 2015 reports began emerging that she is set to return to IsiBaya where she will reprise her role as Thandeka Zungu, “I am looking forward to playing Thandeka again and viewers have been yearning to see Thandeka being reunited with her father,” she told the Sowetan.

In February 2015 Nomzamo Mbatha began hosting a SABC 1 reality travel show, Holiday Swap, produced by the  Launch Factory  in association  KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Thebe Tourism Group. As of March 2015 she stars as Khwezi Mbatha alongside Hamilton Dlamini, Nokuthula Ledwaba, Gcina Mkhize, Omuhle Gela, Thato Molamu and Daniel Hadebe on’s original drama series, Umlilo.

On Sunday night of March 22, 2015 during the Loyiso Gola hosted 9th Annual South African Film and Television Awards Nomzamo Mbatha joined the cast and crew of Isibaya on stage after the show won the Golden Horn for Best TV Soap, after the first person finished speaking the host (Loyiso Gola) forbade the rest of them from approaching the microphone or speaking citing time.


Year Title Role Notes
2012 MTV Base VJ Search Herself Contestant
2013 – 2014
IsiBaya Thandeka Zungu Telenovela/ Soap Opera
2015 Holiday Swap Herself Reality/ Travel, Host
2015 Tell Me Sweet Something Moratiwa Vokwana Feature Film, Lead Role
2015 Umlilo Khwezi Mbatha Lead Role, Drama Series
2015 – to date IsiBaya Thandeka Zungu Soap Opera

Personal Life

Nomzamo Mbatha was romantically linked to fellow Durbanite and 2012 Idol South Africa winner, Khaya Mthethwa.

In May 2014 the reports emerged claiming that Khaya Mthethwa was heartbroken over Nomzamo Mbatha’s cheating “he’s so hurt and frustrated, especially having paid lobola for Nomzamo,” Drum Magazine quoted an unnamed source.

“He was serious about making her his wife, but not anymore. Their relationship was short-lived. Khaya is disappointed. He’s not coping at all.”

At the time of these reports neither Nomzamo Mbatha nor Khaya Mthethwa commented.

In August 2014 Drum magazine reported “Khaya has broken his silence for the first time saying that the relationship he had with Nomzamo wasnt [sic] serious. He maintains that the two never came out about the relationship because they knew it was not going anywhere.”

Nomzamo Mbatha has also been linked to Maps Maponyane, some of legendary former South African footballer Marks Maponyane; and Thomas Gumede, who is dating fellow 2012 MTV Base VJ Search finalist and eventual winner Nomuzi Mabena.

Nomzamo Mbatha responded to these allegations by saying “All of those stories are false and have been fabricated. They are not who I am and not who God says I am,” as quoted by Move magazine.

  • Alleged Long Lost Mother

In October 2014 the Sunday Sun reported that a 48-year-old woman named Elizabeth Mbatha, from KwaMhlanga township in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, is claiming to be Nomzamo Mbatha’s mother.

“Nomzamo attended Sihlezi Primary School in KwaMhlanga until we moved from Mbalenhle to Clermont in Durban, where we stayed for years,”  Elizabeth Mbatha was quoted.

“But her father and I had a serious fallout and he took my daughter away from me. For many years, I tried to get her back, but all my efforts failed. I even involved the police without success,” Elizabeth Mbatha as quoted by the Sunday Sun.

Elizabeth Mbatha told the Sunday Sun that when she learned of the passing of [estranged] husband she asked to see her daughter [Nomzamo Mbatha] but was denied access.

“Then one day a neighbor came to me, saying that my baby was on Isibaya. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Nomzamo on TV!” Elizabeth Mbatha was quoted.

Nomzamo Mbatha was quoted responding by saying “This matter is confusing for me. I’m still young for this family matter. I can see you don’t believe me – but that’s fine, you can write the story.”

Furthermore, in a December 2013 Sunday World article talking about dropping out from the University of Cape Town in the final year of her BComm Accounting to pursue a career in entertainment, Nomzamo Mbatha was quoted saying “And my mom really wanted graduation for me. But they have come to terms with it.”