Leleti Khumalo, born on 30 March 1970, is a renowned South African actress, musician, and radio presenter. She is best known for her leading role in the movie and stage play “Sarafina!” and her performances in other films such as “Hotel Rwanda,” “Yesterday,” and “Invictus”. In addition to her film roles, Khumalo has appeared in soap operas such as “Imbewu: The Seed,” where she plays Nokubonga “MaZulu” Bhengu, and “Uzalo” as MaNzuza.
Khumalo was born in Kwa Mashu Township, north of Durban, South Africa. She grew up in a poverty-ridden area and became a member of a youth backyard dance group called Amajika, where she met her mentor, Tu Nokwe. Her acting career began at an early age, joining the youth dance group Amajika and being mentored by Tu Nokwe. Leleti enchanted audiences in South Africa and on Broadway when she appeared in “Sarafina!,” a production based on the Soweto uprising of June 16, 1976.
Leleti Khumalo is also an activist, joining various movements and attempting to create awareness both in her personal life and career. She has partnered with South African production company Video Vision Entertainment to release a gender-based violence awareness film.