Rapulana Seiphemo

Rapulana Seiphemo is a South African actor and filmmaker who is perhaps best known as Tau Mogale on SABC 1’s long running soap opera, Generations. He was also on SABC 3’s  Isidingo as Godlieb Mofokeng  and on SABC 2’s Muvhango as as Pheko Mokoena.

Rapulana Seiphemo
Born Rapulana Seiphemo
November 4, 1967
Soweto, Gauteng
South Africa
Education Texas A&M University
Occupation Actor, Filmmaker
Writer, Lecturer
Wife Olga Rubeiro
2003 – to date
Since 1989 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Rapulana Seiphemo was born in Meadowlands in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

He is one of five children to his parents; Rapulana Seiphemo has a sister and three brothers.

Rapulana Seiphemo went to Anchor Comprehensive High School in Orlando West in Soweto, Gauteng.

In 1991 he went to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Arts at the Texas A&M University in College Station in Brazos County, Texas in the United States of America.

In 1995 he obtained his BA there which covered; Acting, English, Psychology, Sociology, and Theater Production.

Also in 1995, upon return to South Africa, Rapulana Seiphemo taught at Federated Union of Black Artists Academy (Fuba Academy).

In 1996 he taught at Sibikwa Community Theatre Group and in 1997 tutored at Wits University.

Prior to going to study in the United States of America; In 1989 Rapulana Seiphemo starred in the Market Theatre stage production; My Children, My Africa.

Written and directed by Athol Fugard; My Children, My Africa toured South Africa and England.

Rapulana Seiphemo went on to appear on o several other stage productions including; The Merchant of Venice, Saturday Night, The Piano Lesson and The Blacks.

He found enduring fame and recognition for his work on South African televisions. He is particularly best known for his leading roles on all three SABC major sopies; as Godlieb Mofokeng on SABC 3’s Isidingo, as Tau Mogale on SABC 1’s Generations and as Pheko Mokoena on SABC 2’s Muvhango.

Rapulana Seiphemo has also starred on several South African hit films including; Hijack Stories, Jerusalema (also known as Gangster’s Paradise in other countries), White Wedding and Paradise Stop.



In 1995 Rapulana Seiphemo featured in a television documentary-drama series, Rhythm and Rights, directed by Oliver Schmidt. In 1996 he starred in a television mini-series Deafening Silence.

In 1998 he was cast as part of the principal cast of Isidingo where he portrayed the character of Godlieb Mofokeng. He remained on Isidingo until 2001.

In 2002 Rapulana Seiphemo joined the cast of Generations as Tau Mogale – one of South Africa’s best known, loved and revered television characters, The character of Tau Mogale was killed in 2006 when he left Generations and was later resurrected and retired in 2010.

In 2006 he moved to SABC 2’s hit soap opera Muvhango where he portrayed the character of Pheko Mokoena. Also in 2006 he appeared as “Rapulana” on the SABC 1’s short-lived comedy series, Izoso Connexion.

In 2010 Rapulana Seiphemo hosted an SABC 1 game show titled Ambush. That same year he was a judge on SABC 1’s reality acting competition show, Class Act, and he returned for the second season in 2011. Rapulana Seiphemo also guest starred as Anton Radebe on the thirteenth season of the British crime drama series, Silent Witness.

In 2012 he appeared as Damian on the science fiction police procedural television drama, Room 9.

In 2013 Rapulana Seiphemo played the role of Stanley in a comedy series Boomba and TT.

In 2014 he starred in the SABC 1 drama series, Task Force, as Joseph Ndlovu.

  • Generations: Departure and Return

Rapulana Seiphemo joined the star studded cast of Generations in 2002 as Tau Mogale. At one point – while he was the; the show featured a multitude of actors and actresses of his generation, class and stature , this included: Sophie Ndaba (Queen Moroka), Connie Ferguson (Karabo Moroka), Leleti Khumalo (Busisiwe Dlomo), Vusi Kunene (Jack Mabaso), Menzi Ngubane (Sibusiso Dlomo), Sonia Sedibe (Ntombi Khumalo-Dlomo), Winnie Modise (Khethiwe Buthelezi-Ngcobo), Xolile Tshabalala (Julia Motene), Akin Omotoso (Khaya Motene) Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth Mashaba) and Mike Mvelase (Khaphela Ngcobo).

This period was undoubtedly the all-time high for the show in terms of talent – and arguably, Generations has never been able to gather such talent and star power, all in one period, ever since.

In 2006 Rapulana Seiphemo’s character, Tau Mogale, was written out of the show through death. However, in 2010 – in the run up to Connie Ferguson‘s departure – his character was brought back to life and written out or retired as having relocated to London with Karabo Moroka.

In 2014 in the wake of the Generations strike that resulted in the dismisal of the entire principal cast – Anga Makubalo (MJ Dlomo), Atandwa Kani (Samora Lembede), Katlego Danke (Dineo Dlomo), Mandla Gaduka (Selwyn ‘Choppa’ Maithufi), Menzi Ngubane (Sbusiso Dlomo), Nambitha Mpumlwana (Mawande Memela), Patrick Shai (Patrick Tlaole), Slindile Nodangala  (Ruby Dikobe), Sophie Ndaba (Queen Moroka), Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth Mashaba), Thami Mngqolo (Senzo Dlomo), Thato Molamu (Nicholas Nomvete), Winnie Ntshaba (Khethiwe Buthelezi), Zenande Mfenyana (Noluntu Memela), Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska Nomvete) and Zolisa Xaluva (Jason Malinga) – the reports began to emerge suggesting that Rapulana Seiphemo was returning to Generations.

These reports have since been confirmed by numerous publications who listed Rapulana Seiphemo among those enlisted to help resurrect the shelved sopie.



Rapulana Seiphemo has appeared and starred in numerous feature films including the Academy Award winning South African film, Tsotsi.

In 1997 Rapulana Seiphemo appeared as Thabo in the film, Jump the Gun. In 1998 he appeared as Kaya in Tarzan and the Lost City.

In 1999 Rapulana Seiphemo portrayed the character of Joe Zuma in the film, A Reasonable Man.

In 2000 he starred as Zama alongside Tony Kgoroge in the feature film, Hijack Stories. In 2003 Rapulana Seiphemo played the character of Maltex  in the Akin Omotoso written and directed film, God is African.

In 2005 he played the character of John Dube a supporting role in the Gavin Hood written and directed feature film, Tsotsi. The film starred Presley Chweneyagae as Tsotsi/ David and it was a critical success. In 2006 at the 78th Academy Awards Tsotsi won the Best Foreign Language Film.

In 2008 Rapulana Seiphemo starred as Lucky Kunene in the critically acclaimed feature film, Jerusalema (also known as Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema). The film was submitted to the Academy Awards for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

In 2009 he starred alongside frequent collaborator Kenneth Nkosi in the comedy film, White Wedding. In 2010 he appeared as Vuyo Matakane in the film Themba. He also played a part of Philippe Baku in the sports comedy film, Africa United.

In 2011 Rapulana Seiphemo starred opposite Kenneth Nkosi in Paradise Stop as Potso Mogopudi; as Julius Twala Jr. in How to Steal 2 Million with Menzi Ngubane; played a supporting role in Skeem as Nyoka; and played a supporting role in Layla Fourie as Sipho Khumalo.

In 2015 Rapulana Seiphemo will feature as Makimba Ferreira  in a feature film, Dias Santana.


Stepping Stone Pictures

In 2003 Rapulana Seiphemo partnered with Kenneth Nkosi and Jann Turner to from Stepping Stone Pictures.

The company is credited for creating SABC 1’s acclaimed drama series Mzansi; for producing feature films White Wedding and Paradise Stop – both starring Rapulana Seiphemo and Kenneth Nkosi and directed by Jann Turner; and for producing a revamped variety comedy show, Laugh Out Loud.


Other Work

Rapulana Seiphemo is credited as the producer of films White Wedding and Paradise stop; 13 episodes of the SABC 1 drama series, Task Force; as executive producer of the comedy series Laugh Out Loud; and cooking competition show Perfect Sishebo.

He is credited as editor of 6 episodes of Task Force. As a writer of films White Wedding and Paradise stop. As a director of the comedy series Laugh Out Loud.

Rapulana Seiphemo will produce and appear as himself in an upcoming documentary titled State of Emergency: How to Make a Protest Movie.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Rhythm and Rights Unknown Docu-Drama
1996 Deafening Silence Unknown Mini-Series
1997 Jump the Gun Thabo Film, Minor Role
1998 – 2001 Isidingo Godlieb Mofokeng TV Soap Opera
1999 A Reasonable Man Joe Zuma Film, Supporting Role
2000 Hijack Stories Zama Film, Lead Role
2002 – 2006 Generations Tau Mogale Soap Opera
2003 God is African Maltex Film, Supporting Role
2005 Tsotsi John Dube Film, Supporting Role
2006 – 2013 Muvhango Pheko Mokoena Soap Opera
2006 Izoso Connexion Rapulana Comedy Series
2008 Jerusalema Lucky Kunene Film, Lead Role
2009 White Wedding Tumi Film, Lead Role
2010 Themba Vuyo Matakane Film, Supporting Role
2010 Africa United Philippe Baku Film, Supporting Role
Generations Tau Mogale Soap Opera
2010 Ambush Himself Host, Game Show
2010 – 2011 Class Act Himself Judge, Reality Competition
2011 Silent Witness Anton Radebe Guest Star, TV Drama
2011 Skeem Nyoka Film, Supporting Role
2011 How to Steal 2 Million Silent Witness Film, Lead Role
2011 Paradise Stop Potso Mogopudi Film, Lead Role
2011 Layla Fourie Sipho Khumalo Film, Supporting Role
2012 Room 9 Damian Guest Star, TV Drama
2013 Boomba and TT Stanley Guest Star, Sitcom
2014 Task Force Joseph Ndlovu Lead Role, TV Drama
2014 – to date Generations Tau Mogale Soap Opera
2015 State of Emergency: How to Make a Protest Movie Himself Upcoming Documentary
2015 Dias Santana Makimba Ferreira Upcoming  Film




Personal Life

In 2003 Rapulana Seiphemo married Olga Rubeiro at Royal Swazi Sun in Ezulwini in Swaziland. The wedding was attended by fellow actors; Vusi Kunene, Keketso Semoko and Kenneth Nkosi who was one of the groomsmen

Rapulana Seiphemo has three children; his daughter Katlego played the role of a daughter (Thato) of the character (Potso Mogopudi) he (Rapulana Seiphemo) portrayed in film Paradise Stop.

  • Assault Allegations

In February 2013 media reports surfaced during the weekend of February 16/17, 2013 claiming that Rapulana Seiphemo has been arrested for assaulting a female friend.

These reports were further exacerbated by the death of Reeva Steenkamp who had been shot and killed by Oscar Pistorius on Thursday morning of February 14, 2013.

On Tuesday February 19, 2013 the Sowetan reported that the prosecutor at Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court decided not to prosecute Rapulana Seiphemo.

The lawyer of Rapulana Seiphemo, Lehlohonolo Adonisi, was quoted by the Sowetan saying “The prosecutor decided not to prosecute. This could encompass a number of reasons but one of them for sure was that both parties did not want to pursue the matter further”.

Furthermore, The Sowetan quoted Lehlohonolo Adonisi saying “There was no romantic involvement between the two” – referring to Rapulana Seiphemo and the woman in question.

In March 2014 in an interview with Drum magazine, Rapulana Seiphemo denied that he assaulted the woman in question but revealed that the woman in question was his girlfriend at the time of the incident.

Rapulana Seiphemo also denied spending the weekend in jail and claimed that he was was watching television while the media claimed that he was in jail.

In that interview, Rapulana Seiphemo was quoted saying “I love women and children, and I believe they don’t deserve to be abused and ill-treated. So why would I do something like that?”

It was also reported that when Rapulana Seiphemo was questioned about having a girlfriend while married , he threatened to walk out of the interview.