Thobani Dlomo Nzuza is a South African playwright, actor, director, vocalist and African dancer best known for his starring role as Mdeni in the Mzansi Magic drama series eHostela.
Born in Umlazi township in KwaZulu-Natal on the 4th May 1993. Thobani began his journey in the arts in 2010 in a community arts centre.
He matriculated from King Shaka High School in Durban in 2011 and enrolled the following year at the Durban University of Technology, where he studied drama.
His first professional production was in 2014, Silencing the Hurricanes by Themi Venturas, was performed in Bangkok.
Thobani also wrote and directed Shintsha Guluva for the Isigcawu Festival in 2014 and received the Best Director award.
In 2015 he performed in the Menzi Mkhwane play Secret Valley of the Great Kings, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Durban Mercury Theatre Awards.
In the same year he collaborated with Kagiso Tsimakwane in writing his first one-man show, Boy Ntulikazi, which he directed, performed in and later published.
The play won a number of accolades including Best Actor at the 2015 Isigcawu Festival, Best Actor at the 2017 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival, Best Production at the 2017 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival in Cape Town and Best Community Production at the South African Theatre Magazine Awards.
In 2016, Thobani represented African students in a Shakespeare festival in Much Ado about Nothing.
In 2017 he would graduate with his National Diploma in Drama and Production Studies from Durban University of Technology.
Then the following year in 2018 he landed his first starring role in television in the Mzansi Magic drama series eHostela, which revolved around two brothers who along with their father run a powerful and secret organisation in a worker’s hostel.
The series debuted on 6 January, 2019 to much acclaim.
In 2019 he landed his second starring role in television, this time in the ETV supernatural telenovela Isipho, which made it debut on 1 July, 2019.
Around October 2019 reports surfaced that Thobani will be joining the popular SABC1 soap opera Uzalo playing the character of Khehla.
He was interviewed by Drum and said the following:
“I cannot say much because the producers of the soapie advised me not to, but I am looking forward to this new chapter of my life.”
Although he had been in the entertainment industry for a while, he did reveal that he still gets nervous at auditions, but to his surprise he wasn’t nervous at his Uzalo audition.
He said “I still get super nervous when I have to audition for a role, but this time I just felt like I was made for the role. I had auditioned some time in 2018 but was unsuccessful, so when I gave it a shot in 2019 I reflected on how much I have grown.”
With the stellar performance he delivered in Mzansi Magic drama series eHostela it was no surprise that he landed the role.
What Happened To Thobani Dlomo Nzuza?
Thobani who portrayed Khehla on the hit soapie Uzalo made his final appearance in January 2020 which was the end of Uzalo season 5. His story line ended with his character being murdered so a return is very unlikely.
There was a statement in January 2020 by the soap operas creative director Brenda Mukweyho that read “As always, we’re excited about the new talent and cast joining. The three new faces joining the family are no exception. We have some great plot twisting coming up and cannot wait for the audiences to see what the cast will deliver. We also thank Thobani for the great work he did as part of the Uzalo family. He gave us his all and we are grateful to have been able to work with him.”
According to the statement his characters exit was to make way for new characters to be added to the storyline at the beginning of the 6th season.
Then in March of 2020 there reports that hitman were hired to kill Thobani.
Sunday World reported that “Three hitmen hired by Afropop musician Mnqobi Yazo’s manager Senelisiwe Bhengu to kill Uzalo actor Thobani Nzuza rented a house in his complex – but still missed the target.
The award-winning actor escaped the hit by the skin of his teeth when the inkabis broke into his place in Joburg and, when they did not find him, assaulted a friend he had left in the condo.
The shocking details are contained in the actor’s interim protection order he obtained against Bhengu at the Randburg magistrate’s court early last month.
Bhengu was instructed to appear in the same court to show cause why the temporary protection order should not be made permanent on March 16.
In the protection order, which we have seen, Nzuza said that the problem started when Mnqobi Yazo, real name Mnqobi Msimango, moved in with him in Randburg after he told him that Bhengu had threatened to kill him. He said Bhengu and the three hitmen came to his place on February 5 after Mnqobi had already moved to his new place.
“She threatened the building manager [Bonga Nkosi], telling him that he is going to die,” reads the order.
So determined were Bhengu and the hitmen that when they didn’t find him, they booked a room in the building, claimed Nzuza.”
That was the last big headline we saw about actor Thobani this year. Hopefully he is safe and will be back on our television screen soon.