This life no balance! Do you know Gomora actor Thulani is actually younger than Mapula? His real age shock many.

Did You Know Gomora Actor Thulani is Actually Younger Than Mapula?

Thulani Mtsweni, known for his role as Ntokozo on the South African soapie “Gomora,” has recently been the subject of scrutiny regarding his age.

Fans have been convinced that the actor, due to his mature appearance and stature, is much older than his reported age of 30. This revelation has stirred disbelief among his audience.

The Age Controversy

On March 16, South African Black Twitter president @ChrisExcel shocked Mzansi when he revealed that Thulani Mtsweni is supposedly only 30 years old, as stated by Google. However, there appears to be some inconsistency in online sources concerning his actual birthdate. Some claim he was born on March 12, 1994, while others suggest he was born on July 31, 1968, or March 12, 1987.

According to a report by SavannaNews, Thulani Mtsweni is actually 55 years old. He was born on July 31, 1968, in Tsakane, East Rand, and is a late bloomer in the acting industry. Unlike many soapie stars who achieve success at a young age, Thulani made his television debut in 2015 at the age of 47.

On the other hand Mapula is 33 years old.

Journey to Success

Thulani’s path to success was not without its hurdles. He faced significant rejection and negativity in the acting industry, enduring years of working in student-produced plays before his big break. His major television breakthrough came in 2017 when he secured a role on “Isidingo” as Shadrack Bhekiziswe Sibiya, a miner with a penchant for trouble. Throughout his career, he has also portrayed Mpihlangene Zungu on “Isibaya” and appeared on e.tv’s “Rhythm City” as an abducted boy.

His role on “Gomora” has made Thulani a household name in South Africa. Fans are captivated by his acting prowess and his ability to convincingly portray his character. However, his mature appearance has sparked debates about ageism in the entertainment industry and the tendency to judge actors by their looks rather than their talent.

Ageism in the Entertainment Industry

It’s not uncommon for actors to play characters that differ significantly in age from their real-life selves. Many actors have taken on roles that require them to appear much younger or older than they are. However, Thulani’s situation has ignited a broader discussion about how actors are perceived and the biases that can limit their opportunities.

Despite facing numerous challenges in his career, Thulani remains steadfast in his pursuit of success. He has openly discussed the importance of hard work, perseverance, and dedication, serving as a role model for aspiring actors in South Africa.


Thulani Mtsweni’s presence on “Gomora” has not only showcased his exceptional acting skills but also highlighted issues of ageism and bias in the entertainment industry. While some fans were shocked to learn about his true age, others have lauded his talent and his ability to bring his character to life. Regardless of the confusion about his age, Thulani’s journey to success is an inspiring story of resilience and determination in the face of adversity.

As the discussions about ageism and bias continue, Thulani’s story serves as a reminder of the importance of focusing on talent and dedication rather than appearance. His success in the industry is a beacon of hope for many aspiring actors facing similar challenges.

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