Vusi Kunene

Vusi Kunene is a South Africa actor who has appeared in numerous feature films including the critically acclaimed 1995 film Cry, The Beloved Country directed by Darrell Roodt, based on the novel of the same name by Alan Paton. He has had stints of SABC 1’s Generations as well as on SABC ‘s Isidingo.

Born Vusumuzi Michael
April 12, 1966
South Africa
Education Wits University
Occupation Actor
Since 1991 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Vusi Kunene was born in Meadowlands, Johannesburg, Gauteng in South Africa.

In 1991 he registered to study Dramatic Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Drama.

In 1993 Vusi Kunene appeared as one of the accused in the South African film, Friends, which starred Kerry Fox as Sophie Gordon.

In 1994 he appeared as Ntzuko in the comedy film, The Air Up There, which starred Kevin Bacon as Jimmy Dolan.

In 1995 Vusi Kunene appeared as Theophilus Msimangu  in Cry, the Beloved Country, a Darrell Roodt directed film starring James Earl Jones as Rev Stephen Kumalo and Richard Harris as James Jarvis. In that year he also appeared as Jimmy in Running Wild, a feature film which starred Brooke Shields, Martin Sheen and David Keith as well as in Waati, a Malian film.

In 1996 he portrayed Umgandana in the BBC 8-part mini-series titled Rhodes and stars Martin Shaw as Cecil John Rhodes.

In 1997 Vusi Kunene starred as Kini in the Burkinabé drama film Kini & Adams. He was also part of the main cast in Fools, a feature film of the same year starring Patrick Shai. In 1998 he was cast in the South African drama series Justice for All as Mike Mohapi and was cast as The Thief in Gavin Hood’s short film, The Storekeeper.

In 1999 Vusi Kunene teamed up with Gavin Hood again, this time a feature film, A Reasonable Man, in which Gavin Hood starred as Sean Raine with Kunene as Prosecutor Linde. In 2000 he was cast as Moses in the film The King is Alive

In 2001 Vusi Kunene teamed up with director Darrell Roodt in Witness to a Kill, in that film he played President Undala. He also appeared in a John Kani fronted Final Solution, portrayed Wes Koli in the mini-series  The Diamond Hunters and was cast for the second season of the critically acclaimed controversial SABC 1 drama series Yizo Yizo as Vuyani.

In 2002 he joined the cast of Generations, South Africa’s leading television soapie which airs on SABC 1. On Generations he played the role of the Jack Mabaso a notorious criminal underworld boss. His portrayal of Jack Mabaso earned three consecutive NTVA Award nominations in 2002, 200 and 2004. While on Generations he acted alongside South African acting heavyweights such as Menzi NgubaneRapulana Seiphemo, Connie Ferguson as well as Leleti Khumalo. In 2005 he guest starred as Themba Makandi on the episode of Charlie Jade titled Dirty Laundry.

In 2008 Vusi Kunene joined the cast of The Lab for its second season as Fikile. That years he also appeared as Doctor Gulubane in the Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose fronted television series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and again in 2009. He also joined the cast of Jacob’s Cross for its third season as Paul Lebone and remained on the series until its fourth and final season.

In 2010 Vusi Kunene portrayed Dr. Nthato Motlana  in the made for television film, Mrs. Mandela, portrayed Michael in the film State of Violence, starred as Lindelo Mpilo in the film A Small Town Called Descent. He also appeared in a Naomie Harris fronted The First Grader as Mr. Kipruto credited as Vusumuzi Michael Kunene as well as in The Bang Bang Club which stars Ryan Phillippe, Malin Åkerman and Taylor Kitsch, in that film he played Petrus Maseko. Vusi Kunene was also part of the cast of season 10 of Soul City as Tifo Miya.

In 2011 he joined Rapulana Seiphemo, Kenneth Nkosi and Sonia Sebide as leads in the feature film Paradise Stop where he played the role of The General, that year he also appeared as Dumisani in the film Lucky. He also joined SABC 3’s soapie Isidingo as Jefferson Sibeko, younger brother of Lincoln Sibeko, the patriarch of the Sibeko family, along with him were members of the Sibeko family portrayed by Linda Sokhulu, Kgomotso Christopher and Letoya Mangezi.

In 2012 Vusi Kunene starred as Prince Thovele in the first Venda Language film, Elelwani, alongside Florence Masebe. In 2014 he left Isidingo to join Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya as Bhekifa Ngubane.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Friends Co-Accused Minor Role, Film
1994 The Air Up There Ntzuko Minor Role, Film
1995 Cry, the Beloved Country Theophilus Msimangu Minor Role, Film
1995 Running Wild Jimmy Minor Role, Film
1995 Waati Uncredited Minor Role, Film
1996 Rhodes Umgandana TV Mini-series
1997 Kini & Adams Kini Main Role, Film
1997 Fools Mazambane Supporting Role, Film
1998 Justice for All Mike Mohapi TV Drama
1998 The Storekeeper The Thief Short Film
1999 A Reasonable Man Prosecutor Linde Supporting Role, Film
2000 The King is Alive Moses Supporting Role, Film
2001 Witness to a Kill President Undala Supporting Role, Film
2001 Final Solution Uncredited Minor Role, Film
2001 The Diamond Hunters Wes Koli TV Mini-series
2001 Yizo Yizo 2 Vuyani TV Series
2002-2007 Generations Jack Mabaso TV Soapie
2005 Charlie Jade Themba Makandi TV Series, 1 episode
2008 The Lab Fikile TV Series
2008,2009 The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Doctor Gulubane TV Series, 2 episodes
2008-2011 Jacob’s Cross Paul Lebone TV Series
2010 Mrs. Mandela Dr. Nthato Motlana TV film
2010 State of Violence Michael Supporting Role, Film
2010 A Small Town Called Descent Lindelo Mpilo Main Role, Film
2010 The First Grader Mr. Kipruto Minor Role, Film
2010 The Bang Bang Club Petrus Maseko Minor Role, Film
2011 Paradise Stop The General Supporting Role, Film
2011-2014 Isidingo Jefferson Sibeko TV Soapie
2012 Elelwani Prince Thovele Main Role, Film
2014 – to date Isibaya Bhekifa Ngubane. Telenovela, Soapie