Seputla Sebogodi

Seputla Sebogodi is a South African Gospel musician and actor who is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the notorious villain Kenneth Mashaba on SABC 1’s soap opera, Generations, over two stints the last of which ended with him being dismissed along with other fifteen members of the principal cast.

Seputla Sebogodi
Born Seputla Sebogodi
October 31, 1962
Selbourne
Pretoria
Gauteng
South Africa
Occupation Actor, Musician
Since 1989 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Seputla Sebogodi was born in Selbourne; this is according to numerous publications including his Internet Movie Database (IMDb) page, presumably this refers to Lady Selbourne in Pretoria in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

His earliest reported entry to the television and entertainment industry is in the early 1990s TV3 television series titles Bophelo Ke Semphekgo where he portrayed the character of the womanising Nkwesheng.

In 1995 portrayed the character of Rambo in the South African feature film, Hearts and Minds, a true story about policeman belonging to an elite government squad who was assigned to masquerade as a supporter and infiltrate the African National Congress (ANC) so he could assassinate their leaders.

In 1996 Seputla Sebogodi feature in the Cameroonian feature film, Le complot d’Aristote. In 1997 he feature in the South African family feature film, The Place of Lions.

In 2000 he featured in the Tony Kgoroge and Rapulana Seiphemo fronted South African feature film, Hijack Stories. In 2001 he portrayed the character of Terror on on the feature film, The Long Run. Also in 2001 he played the young version of King Tsonga on Leon Schuster’s Mr. Bones; the film also starred American actors David Ramsey and Faizon Love.

In 2003 Seputla Sebogodi portrayed the character of Joe in the South African feature film, Beat the Drum. In 2004 he appeared as a senior police officer in another feature film, Critical Assignment. Also in 2004 he portrayed the character of Skeel (and was credited as Seputla Sebugodi) in a feature film titled Max and Mona. Down the years Seputla Sebogodi has appeared on numerous television shows and feature films including Urban Bliss and e.tv’s Scandal! as well as Heartlines’ The Good Provider starring Patric Mofokeng.

 

 

Generations and Sustained Success; 2005 – to date

In 2005 Seputla Sebogodi replaced Owen Sejake in the lead role on the SABC 2 sitcom, Mponeng, where he took over the role of Mohlomi. In that same year he joined the then star studded cast of the long running SABC 1 soap opera, Generations, where he was cast to portray a villainous businessman Kenneth Mashaba. At the time Generations arguably boasted some of South Africa’s best actors including Connie Ferguson, Leleti Khumalo, Vusi Kunene, Menzi Ngubane, Rapulana Seiphemo and Sonia Sedibe; in 2011 he left Generations.

In 2012 he portrayed the character of Sibeko on John Kani’s telenovela, iNkaba, which aired on Mzansi Magic. In 2013 Seputla Sebogodi was cast in a lead role on Mzansi Magic/ Mzansi Wethu soap opera, Zabalaza, where he portrays the character of Joseph “Jazzman” Cele; he stars alongside Baby Cele, Zandile Msutwana and Thami Africa (credited as Thami Sithole).

In 2014 he returned to Generations where reprised his role as Kenneth Mashaba; the story continued from where it left off as he was embroiled in a bitter rivalry with Sbusiso Dlomo (portrayed by Menzi Ngubane), however, his return was short-lived as he was dismissed from the show along with fifteen other actors.

The other actors who were dismissed from Generations on Monday of August 18, 2014 are; 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), 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).

Also in 2014 Seputla Sebogodi was a contestant on e.tv’s Masechaba Lekalake hosted game show, I Love South Africa. In 2015 he portrayed the character of Solomon on e.tv’s soap opera, Rhythm City and appeared as a contestant on the second season of I Love South Africa. He has previously been a guest on SABC 2’s Kgomotso Matsunyane hosted Late Night with Kgomotso and on SABC 1’s Pearl Modiadie hosted Zaziwa.

 

 

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
Unknown Bophelo Ke Semphekgo Nkwesheng TV Series
Unknown Urban Bliss Unknown Sitcom
1995 Hearts and Minds Rambo Minor Role, Feature Film
1996 Le complot d’Aristote Unknown Minor Role, Feature Film
1996 The Place of Lions Unknown Minor Role, Feature Film
2000 Hijack Stories Casting AD Minor Role, Feature Film
2001 The Long Run Terror Minor Role, Feature Film
2001 Mr. Bones Young Tsonga Minor Role, Feature Film
2003 Beat the Drum Joe Minor Role, Feature Film
2004 Critical Assignment Senior police officer Minor Role, Feature Film
2004 Max and Mona Skeel Minor Role, Feature Film
Unknown Scandal! Unknown Guest Appearance, Soap Opera
2005 Mponeng Mohlomi Lead Role, Sitcom
2005 – 2011 Generations Kenneth Mashaba Lead Role, Soap Opera
2012 iNkaba Sibeko Supporting Role, Telenovela
2013 – to date Zabalaza Joseph “Jazzman” Cele Lead Role, Soap Opera
2014 I Love South Africa Himself Contestant, Game Show
2014 Generations Kenneth Mashaba Lead Role, Soap Opera
2015 I Love South Africa Himself Contestant, Game Show

 

 

Music Career

Seputla Sebogodi is a recording gospel artist, he has previously stated that he has always wanted to be a singer; “I always knew that I wanted to be a singer. I had two choices: singing or playing soccer. My love for music was enhanced when I met Oleseng (Shuping) because that man was music. I love music and sometimes wish it was the only thing I could do. But I was also good at soccer. They used to call me ‘Ace’ and they cannot call you ‘Ace’ if you are not good,” he said to the Sowetan.

He has released two albums to to date; very little is known about his debut album which he was suppose to re-record in early 2015, his second album was released in 2010 titled “Re Tshwarele Melato” and the third album was going to be released in 2015, “I’ll be releasing my third album and have also re recorded my first one. I don’t think I did it justice the first time, but now it sounds how I want it to,” Seputla Sebogodi told the Sowetan in February 2015.

 

 

Personal Life

Seputla Sebogodi is Pedi. He is a christian and belongs to the Zion Christian Church (ZCC), “I grew up in church and I don’t think people understand that in our church, the ZCC, I sing more than I talk from Friday to Sunday,” he was quoted by the Sowetan saying this in an interview relating to the release of his second studio album.

It is understood that Seputla Sebogodi has been married several times (at least more than once). It has previously been reported that he was married to Deborah Futhi Sebogodi who is the mother of his son Sebogodi Sebogodi,  it has also been reported that he was married to Leonette Sebogodi and Shereen Maubane.

The aforementioned women, (Deborah Futhi Sebogodi, Leonette Sebogodi and Shereen Maubane) are all reportedly Seputla Sebogodi’s ex-wives whose names reached the media at one point or another due to a failure to see eye to eye with him, such incidents include; allegations of emotional abuse, allegations of infidelity, separation, divorce, child maintenance and court case(s).

 

  • Disputed Hijacking

It has been reported that Seputla Sebogodi was allegedly hijacked in 2006, an incident he reported to the police at the time, “but the case was closed in November 2006” as reported by Channel 24. According to a Channel 24 article published in May 2015 the version of events put forward by Seputla Sebogodi has been disputed by the police who claim that the car was not hijacked but stolen.

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