Jerry Phele

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Jerry Phele
Born Jerry Phele
Parys, Free State
South Africa
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977 - to date
Known for Emzini Wezinsizwa as Mofokeng
Spouse(s) Sesinyane Phele
Children 2
  • Rosiline Phele (mother)

Jerry Phele is a South African Actor. He starred in the SABC 1 sitcom Emzini Wezinsizwa from 1994 to 2003 alongside Roland Mqwebu, Shadrack Ngema, Jabulani Nkosi, Vusi Thanda, Nyembezi Kunene, Washington Sixolo and Bafana Mlangeni. In recent years he starred on the SABC 2 sitcoms Ke Ba Bolelletse as Skwizas as Morena. In 2018 he took on a more serious role on the Mzansi Magic telenovela The Throne where he plays the role of Maswabi Kwena.

He once jokingly bemoaned the Mofokeng tag while expressing the social impact made by Emzini Wezinsizwa on popular culture in an interview, "I've tried to correct people, I've given up. It has become my name. Even when I meet the real Bafokeng, they call me Phoka [clan name] and ask me where in Qwaqwa I am from.

"Even my children are known as Mofokeng children and my mother is Mofokeng's mother. I now take it as a compliment, it means that the character I played really made an impression on people," he laughs.

"Emzini played a powerful role in promoting social cohesion. It showed us that no matter which language you speak, botho ke botho (the spirit of humanity is the spirit of humanity) and we should all be equal. Now I see how that style has been adopted on TV where you see a Zulu speaker in conversation with a Tswana and none of them compromise on their language yet they understand each other."

In another interview with the Sowetan Jerry Phele cited Ndaba Mhlongo, the late father of Somizi Mhlongo, as his favourite actor.


  1. TVSA, Jerry Phele, 23 November 2018
  2. Sowetan, Jerry Phele hopes new role will finally erase Mofokeng, 23 November 2018
  3. Who How When, Jerry Phele, 23 November 2018
  4. Sowetan, Jerry Phele is back in action, 23 November 2018
  5. Move!, Up close and personal with 'Mofokeng', 23 November 2018
  6. Press Reader, Never too old to get married, 23 November 2018