Siyabonga Thwala

Siyabonga Thwala is a South African actor who has appeared in almost all South Africa major soap operas including Isidingo, Rhythm City and Muvhango with his most notable roles being those of Vusi Zwane on’s Scandal!, Paul Mashaba on SABC 1’s Generations and Mpiyakhe Zungu on Mzansi Magic’s IsiBaya.

Born Siyabonga Thwala
March 17, 1969
Umlazi, Durban
South Africa
Occupation Actor
Since 1989 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Siyabonga Thwala was born in the township of Umlazi located in the South of the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

In 1996 he portrayed the character of Jomo in the made-for-TV movie, Born Free: A New Adventure and appeared in the television series, Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, in an episode titled Tarzan and the Scarlet Diamond.

In 1998 Siyabonga Thwala was offered a role of Godlieb Mofokeng on SABC 3’s long running soap opera, Isidingo, but turned it down citing unreadiness for long term commitment. As a result the ole was given to Rapulana Seiphemo and Siyabonga Thwala took a smaller role of a former liberation-struggle cadre known as J.

Over the years Siyabonga Thwala has appeared on numerous productions including; Mama’s Love, Lahliwe, Burning Blue, Emzini Wezinsizwa, Turkish Delight, Siyavuma and Blues Brothers for which he won a Vita Award as well as the Duma Ka Ndlovu directed Bergville Stories.

In 2003 he portrayed the character of Jimmy in the second season of SABC 1’s controversial hit drama series Gaz’lam which starred then newcomer fellow Zulu Siyabonga Shibe as well as Bubu Mazibuko and Thembi Seete.

In 2004 Siyabonga Thwala portrayed the character of Jabu (credited as Siyabonga Twala) on’s procedural police drama series, Jozi Streets, which starred Faye Peters of Generations fame as Linda Paulson and the late Bill Flynn as Boki Basson. Since 2004 Siyabonga Thwala has gone on to appear in almost all South African major soap opera including significant roles on’s Scandal! and SABC 1’s Generations where he portrayed the character of Paul Mashaba the little brother of ruthless businessman Kenneth Mashaba (portrayed by Seputla Sebogodi).



Scandal!, Generations and Other Work; 2005 – to date

In 2005 Siyabonga Thwala was cast in a lead role on then’s original soap opera, Scandal!, where he portrayed the character of Vusi Zwane. He shared the lead role with veteran actor, Luthuli Dlamini, who portrayed the character of Stan Nyathi. In 2007 Siyabonga Thwala’s portrayal of Vusi Zwane earned him a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA), this was also the same year his character was discontinued on Scandal!.

In 2007 he portrayed the character of Dali in the SABC 1 drama series, Soul City. Also in 2007 he joined the cast of SABC 1’s flagship soap opera, Generations, where he portrayed the character of Paul Mashaba a little brother of ruthless villain Kenneth Mashaba (portrayed by Seputla Sebogodi). In 2010 the character of Paul Mashaba was written off Generations.

In 2013 Siyabonga Thwala was in a lead role as Mpiyakhe Zungu on a Mzansi Magic original telenovela, IsiBaya, produced by The Bomb Shelter’s Angus Gibson and also stars Bheki Mkhwane, Thembi Nyandeni, Pallance Dladla, Sdumo Mtshali and Nomzamo Mbatha. IsiBaya was renewed by Mzansi Magic and was converted into a soap opera. That same year he appeared as Musa on the second season of the SABC 1 drama series, Intersexions and appeared as Jabulani on the SABC 1 sitcom, Single Guys. The character of Mpiyakhe Zungu was killed off on IsiBaya, however,  in the wake of the public outcry Siyabonga Thwala was brought back on the show as “Mgijimi” which is essentially the ghost of Mpiyakhe Zungu.

Also in 2013 he joined SABC 2’s Duma Ka Ndlovu created and produced soap opera, Muvhango where he portrayed the character of Busani Mojalefa. In late 2013 reports surfaced linking him to’s Rhythm City, in mid November 2013 confirmed the news and on December 10, 2013 he made his first appearance as DH Radebe and his character was later killed off the show.





Year Title Role Notes
1996 Born Free: A New Adventure Jomo Minor Role, TV Film
1996 Tarzan: The Epic Adventures Unknown Guest, 1  Episode
1998 Isidingo J Minor Role, Soap Opera
2003 Gaz’lam Jimmy Minor Role, Drama Series
2004 Jozi Streets Jabu Minor Role, Drama Series
2005 – 2007 Scandal! Vusi Zwane Lead Role, Soap Opera
2007 Soul City Dali Supporting Role, Drama Series
2007 – 2010 Generations Paul Mashaba Lead Role, Soap Opera
2013 – to date IsiBaya Mpiyakhe Zungu/ Mgijimi Lead Actor, Soap Opera
2013 Intersexions Musa Guest Appearance, Dram Series
2013 Single Guys Jabulani Guest Appearance
2013 Muvhango Busani Mojalefa Supporting Role, Soap Opera
2013 – 2014 Rhythm City DH Radebe Supporting Role, Soap Opera





UKhozi FM, 2015 – to date

Siyabonga Thwala became the voice of UKhozi FM in January 2015, this is according to a statement released by that radio station on their website on January 19, 2015 titled “UKhozi FM Welcomes Siyabonga Thwala”. “One of South Africa’s respected and loved actors, Siyabonga Thwala, joins the country’s biggest radio station, UKhozi FM. This was officially announced on the station’s breakfast show, VukaMzansi on Monday, this week. Siyabonga Thwala is now the station’s voice,” part of the statement read.

“Thwala will now be heard as part of the station’s imaging, jingles and station promos. This means that for programming messages, he will now be the exclusive voice on the UKhozi FM platform,” the statement read. UKhozi FM Station Manager Bonga Mpanza was quoted saying, “Sourcing the perfect voice, was a process and decision, that was not only influenced by just the actual voice, but what we wanted was a voice that resonates with what the brand, UKhozi FM, is about.”



Personal Life

Siyabonga Thwala is married to Thandi Thwala and he has children; this has been revealed in numerous media reports. His wife made the headlines in February 2012 after she accused him of alleged assault or alleged attempted assault, ” after the children had gone to bed, he rushed upstairs and returned with a huge knife, with which he threatened to kill me,” her statement reads. He tried to stab me but was stopped by two people, who wrestled him and separated us. His niece was almost stabbed in the neck as she held him back. Then he stormed out of the house, jumped into his car and sped off in anger,” Thandi Thwala was quoted by the Sunday World at the time.