The Smoke and Mirrors cast is slowly gaining recognition as the show gains popularity in South Africa, and many fans may be wondering who the cast is and what their real-life stories are.
So, in this article, we will look at the Smoke and Mirrors cast and their real-life ages and stories, including partners if any, and background stories as well.
1. Zazi Kunene
Zazi Kunene plays Sindi on Smoke and Mirrors. She was born May 17, 1999. So, as of 2023, she is 22 years old. She had it hard early in life, as she used to get bullied in school. As a result, her mother moved her to another school called Helen O’Grady, where she studied drama.
But this was fate, as she ended up falling in love with acting and eventually got cast in iconic roles such as Jiva, Shaka Ilembe, and Pinky Pinky.
However, she has complained about playing a lot of horror roles over the years and was really excited about her new romantically involved role on Smoke and Mirrors.
In real life, Zazi Kunene loves traveling and eating and has over 77k followers on Instagram. She loves sharing her travels and her lifestyle. For those wondering whom she’s dating, that’s not quite clear yet.
2. Siyabonga Raymond
Siyabonga Raymond Sepotokele is best known for playing Sakhile on Smoke and Mirrors. He was born in 1995 on the 23rd of October. So, as of 2023, he is 28 years old. The man had quite an interesting life growing up.
He grew up around elders. So, he really enjoyed music as a result. In fact, he was discovered by a producer when he started singing in the 6th grade.
He was sort of the golden child at school growing up. Siyabonga credits his late mother as his first agent, as she was the first to believe in him and spread word of his talent when he was young. Now that he is older, he has managed to achieve a lot.
Having grown up in a difficult environment herself, Zinhle is quite an activist against violence against women and children.
But that’s not all. After her divorce with Robert Mugabe Ngwenya, also known as Robert Mugabe, she was accused by her husband of trying to kill him. However, she refuted the claims, saying he was the one trying to do her harm.
The husband had footage evidence of assailants sent to kill him who shot at his vehicle, killing one of his nen. But the court refused to prosecute.
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This wasn’t Zinhle’s first brush with the law, because while she was still married to Ngwenya, she actually killed two people.
Well, this is what happened: Zinhle was drunk driving and speeding on her way home when she had a head-on collision with oncoming traffic, killing two people in a corolla and leaving one with permanent brain damage.
The family tried to prosecute her, but to no avail. Today, she has all that behind her and is now starring on Smoke and mirroring as the beloved Virginua, a role she’s absolutely killing for many.
4. Meshack Magabane
Everyone knows Meshack Mavuso Magabane from his various roles on TV. Including his roles as Lungile on Rhythm City, Dr. Thabo on Durban Gen, and now Jaxon on Smoke and Mirrors. He is an absolute treassure to the South African film industry, having even produced some series like Durban Gen. So, what about his real life?
As of 2023, he is 46 years old, having been born on the 8th of April in 1977. Meshack is one of the few celebrities who have been married for more than 20 years; he got married to his current wife, Neo Mavuso, 27 years ago.
The two exchanged vows in 1995 and are still married with two children. He also shares pictures with his mother and children on his Instagram page.
5. Kabomo Vilakazi as Mthetho from the Smoke and Mirrors cast
For Smoke and Mirrors fans, Kabomo plays police officer Mthetho in Smoke and Mirrors. He was born on the 27th of July in 1978. Making him one year younger than Meshack Magabane. So, he is 45 years old, as if in 2023. While most know him for his acting, he is also quite an amazing singer and songwriter.
He makes music mainly in the genres of R&B and Neosoul and has a really beautiful voice. Moreover, he is also married to his beautiful wife, and they celebrated their anniversary not so long ago.
However, we don’t know if the couple has children or not. Vilakazi also has a lot of opinions on a lot of things, from Netflix shows to political views. And he enjoys singing.
6. Zolisa Xaluva
Okay, everyone knows Zolisa, but how many know about his personal life? Zolisa used to play the longtime role of Jason on Generation 16. However, ever since he got rid of his dreadlocks hairstyle, no one even thinks or suspects he’s gay.
He has taken on more masculine roles, including in the Netflix series Kings of Joburg and now on Smoke and Mirrors as Caesar. Xaluva has shown South Africa what versatility is in the acting industry.
However, in real life, Zolisa has said himself to be sometimes lonely, as he’d be alone at his mansion most of the time. Further perpetuating the notion that “its lonely at the top.”. As of 2023, the actor is currently 42 years old, having been born on June 13, 1981.
While most are enjoying his role on Smoke and Mirrors, it looks like he’s actually going to get recast in the next season. According to the representatives of TV, the actor was amicably let go, and his character will be returned to someone else.
While the actor initially denied the claims, saying they were negotiating, TV itself has confirmed that the actor will be replaced by another actor who is yet to be named.
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7. JT Medupe from the Smoke and Mirrors cast
While most people know Medupe for his gay role on Smoke & Mirrors as Leeroy,. Some people actually know Medupe from Generations, the legacy where he acted alongside his wife as siblings.
As of 2023, the actor is said to be in his early thirties, according to his official CV and résumé. However, his actual date of birth has not yet been revealed.
While its unclear if the two met on set or if we’re already together, what we do know is that the two are a couple and have been for a while. Moreover, they have a daughter together.
So, for those who were actually considering the idea that Medupe was gay because of his role on Smoke and Mirrors, you’re wrong.
In real life, Medupe is as lively as he is on TV; however, he’s a father and enjoys working out and taking care of his body.
So, as little as he is, he has a great physique and is probably stronger than most. Medupe also loves his wife, whom he casually posts here and there; we hope the two stay together forever.
8. Kamo Letsosa
Kamogelo Letsosa plays the role of Mamiki on Smoke and Mirrors. Her birthday is March 19, 1991. So, as of 2023, she was actually 32 years old.
Her acting career wasn’t easy, as she struggled to get jobs initially. But all this was because she hadn’t accepted her calling as a Sangoma, and so, after enough tribulations, she finally did.
After she accepted her calling, things started to look up for her, according to her. However, she’s not a practicing healer, meaning you can’t just consult her.
Furthermore, in real life, Letsosa has suffered from cyberbullying from her fans and complained about how that was affecting her negatively and that people needed to be more kind.
9. Sabelo Ernest Radebe
Dj Mthi, also known as Sabelo Ernest Radebe, is a South African actor and DJ best known for his roles on 7De Laan as Rhulani and on Lingashoni as Mthobeli.
Right now, he plays Magolide on Smoke and Mirrors. As of 2023, the actor is thought to be around his late 20s or early 30s, as his actual age is currently unknown.
In real life, the actor is dating fellow actress Kgaogelo Monama, who is currently 33 years old. Sabelo studied at Tshwane University of Technology and has been in the industry for a very long time.
In real life, he’s very focused on taking care of his body and enjoys showing off his girlfriend every now and then.
10. Lusanda Mbane (Martha from the Smoke and Mirrors Cast)
Like some other actors on our list, you probably know Lusanda Mbane. She has played a lot of TV roles and is a radio host. Some know her as Boniswa from Scandal, while others know her from her Imbewu role as Makhosazana.
Well, she has returned again to the acting scene, this time as Martha on Smoke and Mirrors. As of 2023, she is 44 years old, having been born on May 16th, 1979.
In real life, Mbane is a loyal wife, businesswoman, and radio host. She has been married for more than 16 years and has two beautiful children. If you are inspired by her TV characters, you’ll find yourself in the ditches because, in real life, she’s happily married for more than 16 years and works for herself and her family. She also has a clothing brand called Zazi Zithembe Zithande, meaning know yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself.
11. Charmaine Mtinta: Nomeva from the Smoke and Mirrors cast
I guess it wouldn’t be a stretch to say Charmaine Mtinta makes Smoke and Mirrors very entertaining. On the show, she plays Nomeva, a traditional healer matriarchy.
However, in real life, Mtinta is not a sangoma but a jazz musician. She also has two daughters and enjoys posting about her family on Instagram. Mtinta was born in 1972, on the 20th of July. So, as of 2023, she is 51 years old. A true veteran in the acting industry.
12. Ayanda Bandla
Bandla is best known for playing Thandisiwe on the soap opera Smoke and Mirrors. But many don’t know that she didn’t think she’d ever pursue acting. She doesn’t like the idea of being a celebrity, and as a result, she almost never thought she’d do acting.
Bandla studied at the University of Pretoria and graduated with a degree in political science with a specialty in international relations.
So, rest assured that a political argument with Bandla won’t be an easy one, for sure. As of 2023, Bandla is 31 years old; her day of birth and month are currently unknown.
She hasn’t shared any information about whom she might be dating, if anyone at all. So, we’re just as in the dark as you are in that regard. However, her social media platforms show that she is a classy woman who likes beautiful yet elegant fashion.
13. Angela Sithole
Angela Sithole is a South African actress of Italian descent. Her father is Italian, while her mother is Zulu. However, we are unsure if she actually knows any Italian.
For Smoke and Mirrors fans, they know her as Nthabiseng; she was also cast as Ramotsetsi on Zabalaza, a role she is well known for. Others may know her from Imbewu as Zandile; she replaced Buhle Samuels for the character.
As of 2023, she is simply 30 years old, having been born on July 4, 1993. Her personal life is not well known, but we do know that the actress loves showing off her best looks on Instagram for her admirers and also does some influencing on the platform as well.
14. Herald Khumalo
Herald Mntungwa Khumalo is a South African actor best known for his role as Mandla on Smoke and Mirrors. He also played the roles of Philani Magwaza on Generations: Legacy and Kotini on Uzalo.
Khumalo was born on October 11, between the years 1977 and 1979. Moreover, in real life, Khumalo has three children, whose mothers we don’t know. Although it’s believed that he keeps his private life away from the public for a reason, he has two sons and one daughter and is happily married in real life.
15. Khaya Xaba: Mpendulo from the Smoke and Mirrors cast
Khayalethu Xaba is best known for his role on Smoke and Mirrors as Mpendulo. He is one of the youngest actors on the cast. As of 2023, he is currently 19 years old.
He enjoys acting, but when he’s not on the screen, he’s probably doing photography for his company, Xaba Raw. The young actor also enjoys bodybuilding and has shared his progress and results on his Instagram page.
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16. Amina Jack as Milicent on Smoke and Mirrors
Amina Jack (born December 2nd, 2000) is a South African actress and internet personality best known for playing Thokozani on Isibaya and Millicent on Smoke and Mirrors.
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17. Albert Ibokwe as Ngcuka on Smoke and Mirrors
Albert Ibokwe Khoza (born August 23, 1988) is an openly gay South African actor, sangoma, theatrical director, dancer, and composer. He is best known for playing Ngcuka on Smoke and Mirrors and Madlamini on Blood Psalms.
However, he has been in the industry for over a decade. And he has gained international acclaim for his unique and authentic African approach to theater.
Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, on August 23, 1988. So, as of 2023, he is 35 years old. Khoza lost his father in 1995 on the 7th of October, when he was only 7 years old.