April 17, 1956
Orlando West, Soweto
|Other names||Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha|
Orlando West High School|
Youth Alive Ministries
University of the Witwatersrand|
|Years active||1976 - to date|
|Children||5 including Lerato Makhetha|
Jerry Mofokeng (born 17 April 1956) is a South African television, film and stage actor. He has appeared numerous films including; Cry, the Beloved Country, Mandela and de Klerk, Mr. Bones, Tsotsi, Lord of War, Mama Jack, Safe House, The Forgotten Kingdom and the 2017 Michael Matthews directed critically acclaimed Five Fingers for Marseilles.
Jerry Mofokeng has acted on 90 Plein Street, End Game, Soul City and Yizo Yizo. He has had a longstanding role as Neo Mokheti on the e.tv flagship soap opera, Scandal!, alongside Sello Maake Ka-Ncube. Jerry Mofokeng starred as Talent in the e.tv drama series, Heist.
Jerry Mofokeng has worked as an associate artistic director at the Joburg Theatre, chief director of Mpumalanga department of sports and culture, and finally the artistic director of The State Theatre in Pretoria.
Jerry Mofokeng has been married to Claudine Mofokeng since 1980. They have 5 children including fame actor Lerato Makhetha.
Jerry Mofokeng discovered the identity of his biological father in his late 50s. In February 2017 at the South African Film and Television Awards nominations party in Bryanston, Johannesburg he revealed that his biological father was Makhetha and not Mofokeng.
"When I discovered that I am a Makhetha, I cried profusely. I have never cried like that before. I kept asking many questions trying to understand this. The man firstly apologised for not telling me that he was related to me, and who my father was. It was overwhelming. I am learning everyday who I am, and my new clan.
"I am excited to have discovered who I am. In fact I now feel a sense of relief now that I have found my identity, not that I was questioning it before. It is important for any African person to know his or her roots. I have lived for 58 years as a Mofokeng, so it is a big thing.
"The Mofokengs have officially handed me over to the Makhethas. On the other side, Makhethas have accepted me. As we speak, we are currently busy with Home Affairs [Department], applying for a new identity," Jerry Mofokeng told the Sowetan.
- TVSA, Jerry Mofokeng, 05 February 2019
- ZAlebs, Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha on finding his real father at age 58, 05 February 2019
- Briefly, Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha shares how he found his birth father at the age of 58 , 05 February 2019
- Times LIVE, Jerry Mofokeng’s son Lerato Makhetha: Over 30 and making it big in the industry, 05 February 2019
- Sowetan LIVE, Mofokeng finds true identity after 60 years of living a lie, 05 February 2019
- Move!/ Press Reader, Surviving Life of Hell, 05 February 2019