Sello Maake Ka-Ncube

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is a South Africa actor, director, playwright and voice actor whose career spans over 25 years. He portrayed the character of Archie Moroka in the long running SABC 1 soap opera, Generations, when it was in its infancy and he currently portrays the character of Lucas/ Daniel Nyathi on’s soap opera, Scandal!.

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube
Born Sello Maake
March 12, 1960
Orlando, Soweto
South Africa
Education Leeds University
Occupation Actor, Voice Actor
Since 1989 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube was born Sello Maake in Orlando in the Soweto township of Johannesburg in the Transvaal Province of apartheid South Africa – today’s Gauteng province of the Republic of South Africa.

He added “Ka-Ncube” to his last named in honour of his stepfather who raised him.

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube was raised in Atteridgeville, Pretoria in the Gauteng province.

According to an interview he did with The New Age (TNA) his father was a footballer who played as a goalkeeper for one of South Africa’s most successful  teams,  Orlando Pirates Football Club of the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube saw Gibson Kente’s “How Long” when he was fifteen (15) years old and it made him decide he wanted to be an actor.

In 1989 he portrayed the character of Tembo on the American film titled The Endangered and that of Johnson Seroke in A Dry White Season.

In 1990 Sello Maake Ka-Ncube appeared in the films Dark City and The African Precedent; he also portrayed the character of George in the South African film titled Killer Instinct.

In 1991 he appeared uncredited as a Constable in a film, Taxi to Soweto and as a junior customs official in the American film, The Last Samurai; he also portrayed the character of BT in the German film Tödliche Geschäfte where he was part of the main cast.

In 1992 Sello Maake Ka-Ncube had a supporting role as Tsepo Moloi in the American film, The Good Fascist and appeared uncredited in the German made-for-TV-film titled Negerküsse.

In 1993  he portrayed the character of Magubane in the American film Bopha! starring Danny Glover, he appeared as Kennabee in a television titled Sweating Bullets and appeared uncredited in a German film Djadje – Last Night I Fell Off a Horse.

In that same year he cast to portray the character of Archie Moroka in a then new drama series, Generations, which was later converted to a soap opera and eventually became the biggest television show in South Africa for over ten (10) years.

In 1997 Sello Maake Ka-Ncube had a supporting role as Nuamba in an American made-for-TV-film, Bridge of Time and appeared uncredited in the made-for-TV-film, A Woman of Color.

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube as Archie Moroka and Sthandiwe Msomi as Zoleka - GenerationsAlso in 1997 a reported pay dispute prompted him to leave the then fledgling Generations.

In 1998 in the wake of the plummeting ratings the producers of the show brought Sello Maake Ka-Ncube back.

In 2002 his character, Archie Moroka was killed off; years after his departure, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube stated that he left Generations because of the show’s disregard for African culture.

He left South Africa for the United Kingdom after his departure from Generation; in the UK he appeared on numerous Stage Plays on London’s West End and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 2005 Sello Maake Ka-Ncube starred in the United Kingdom (UK) film, The Man-Eating Lions of Njombe, as Matamula and starred as Othello in the film Othello: A South African Tale.



Scandal! and Other Acting Work, 2007 – to date

In June 2007 announced that Sello Maake Ka-Ncube will take over the lead of their anchor soap opera, Scandal!, after their lead actor Luthuli Dlamini went AWOL for a reported four (4) weeks.

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube was cast as Daniel Nyathi, the brother of Stan Nyathi – a character that was portrayed by Luthuli Dlamini.

The character named Daniel Nyathi, shifty and of questionable ethics and low moral values, evolved up to a point where it was revealed that he (Daniel Nyathi) is an imposter named Lucas Nyathi – the cousin of Stan Nyathi and Daniel Nyathi.

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube’s portrayal of Daniel Nyathi now Lucas Nyathi has been a subject of praise that it has been reported that he elevated the character to the same level as that of Archie Moroka (a character he portrayed on Generations) if not higher.

In 2013 he portrayed the character of the late former African National Congress (ANC) President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Albert Luthuli, in the Nelson Mandela Biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.





Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Endangered Tembo Minor Role, Feature Film
1989 A Dry White Season Johnson Seroke Minor Role, Feature Film
1990 Killer Instinct George Minor Role, Feature Film
1990 Dark City Uncredited Feature Film
1990 The African Precedent Uncredited Feature Film
1991 Taxi to Soweto Uncredited Constable Feature Film
1991 The Last Samurai Uncredited Junior Customs Official Feature Film
1991 Tödliche Geschäfte BT Minor Role, Feature Film
1992 The Good Fascist Tsepo Moloi Minor Role, Feature Film
1992 Negerküsse Uncredited Feature Film
1993 Bopha! Magubane Supporting Role, Feature Film
1993 Sweating Bullets Kennabee Guest Appearance, TV Series
1993 Djadje, Last Night I Fell Off a Horse Uncredited Feature Film
1993-1997 Generations Archie Moroka Lead Role, Soap Opera
1997 Bridge of Time Nuamba TV Film
1997 A Woman of Color Uncredited TV Film
1998-2002 Generations Archie Moroka Lead Role, Soap Opera
2005 Othello: A South African Tale Othello Lead Role, Feature Film
2005 The Man-Eating Lions of Njombe Matamula Lead Role, Feature Film
2007-to-date Scandal! Lucas/ (Daniel) Nyathi Lead Role, Soap Opera
2008 Africa’s Outsiders Himself Narrator, Documentary
2013 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Albert Luthuli Supporting Role, Feature Film




Stage Work

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube has appeared on numerous stage plays across the world.

These include; Aaron, Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner, Othello, Prophets in The Black Sky, Raisin in the Sun, Smallholding, The Good Woman of Sharkville, The Lion King and Titus Adronicus.

In 2012 Sello Maake Ka Ncube directed a play about the late South African musician Lebo Mathosa, Drama Queen: Lebo Mathosa Tribute, which starred; Sindi Nene, Ayanda Nhlangothi, Rami Chuene, Siziwe Ngema, Lucia Gumede and Khanyi Mbau – all as Lebo Mathosa.

The play was presented at the State Theatre in Pretoria, Gauteng and came under harsh criticism some reviewers describing it as”appalling”, “disrespectful”, “shallow” and “unfair”; particularly Rami Chuene – who narrated the show – came under heavy criticism for appeared unprepared while Khanyi Mbau‘s performance was a subject of a positive reception as she was praised for her portrayal of Lebo Mathosa.



Scandal! Salary

In the wake of the Generation debacle of August 2014 which saw sixteen (16) being dismissed from that show following dissatisfaction with their salaries, an interest in actors salaries rose.

This led to numerous reports providing a consistent account claiming that Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is among the highest paid actors in South Africa, as of August 2014.

The reports claimed that Sello Maake Ka-Ncube for his role as Daniel/ Lucas Nyathi on’s Scandal! along with Jamie Bartlett for his role as David Genaro on’s Rhythm City and Moshidi Motshegwa for her role as Naomie on’s Rhythm City – all earned between R100 000 and R120 000 per month.



Personal Life

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube had six children; Akhona, Onkgopotse, Lindo, Lerato,  Neo Tsagae and Mxolisi † who has since passed away.

According to a Drum Magazine article titled “Sello: being a dad is my best role”, all of Sello Maake Ka-Ncube’s children have different mothers.

In April 2014 he wedded businesswoman Palesa Mboweni, to who he had been engaged since late 2013.

In November 2014 reports emerged claiming that their eight months old marriage was in trouble, the Sunday Sun quoted Sello Maake Ka-Ncube saying; “There’s no home without problems. Yes, we have problems at this stage but I won’t dwell on them. My wife and I have serious marriage issues. We’ve been trying to see our bishop for counselling. At this stage it’s not promising.”

According to a December 11, 2014 issue of Drum Magazine, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube was relieved to be out of his “prison of love”.

It is understood that he has since ended his marriage to Palesa Mboweni.

According to other publications Sello Maake Ka-Ncube was in a relationship with famed actress Nambitha Mpumlwana and South Africn jazz singer Gloria Bosman.

He was also in a relationship with Thandi Ngcobo, with whom they were in involved in a R4 million dispute with National Lotteries Board Trust (NLB).

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube was in a relationship with gender activist, Mmatshilo Motsei, who is the mother of his son, Onkgopotse; at one point he described that relationship as “an emotionally and psychologically abusive relationship”.


  • Death of Mxolisi Maake Ka-Ncube

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube and his late son MxolisiSello Maake Ka-Ncube’s eldest son, Mxolisi Maake Ka-Ncube, died in a car accident on Friday April 1, 2011 after the he was a passenger in lost control near the Xavier Street off-ramp on the M1 highway in Johannesburg in Gauteng.

The car reportedly hit two street poles and a tree before coming to a stop on an embankment, Mxolisi Maake Ka-Ncube was the only one who died, while his three friends – including the driver – sustained only minor injuries.

According to You Magazine Sello Maake Ka-Ncube was writing a play about a boxer in which his son, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, wanted to star.

“Mxolisi had already made enquiries to train at Durandt’s Boxing World,” Sello Maake Ka-Ncube was quoted by You Magazine.