Thembinkosi Mthembu (26), who plays the role of Mabutho in The River, spoke to the Sowetan about the death of his sister, who was killed by her boyfriend.

Thembinkosi Mthembu ‘Sister was murdered by her ex boyfriend in 2017

Mthembu said his sister was murdered by her ex boyfriend in 2017 after she broke up with him.

After her death, Mthembu says he fell into depression and starred to drink heavily. He says he still struggles to come to terms with her murder.

At the time, Mthembu was a student at the Durban Umiversity of technology where he was studying for a diploma in drama.


Mthembu told the Sowetan that he moved to Johannesburg in 2018, where he did odd jobs as a bartender at Shakers Cocktail Bar in Maboneng and a Cell C agent, before he got his first role in The Republic in 2019.

Thembinkosi’s daughter Melokuhle was born in 2018

Thembinkosi Mthembu Bio

Home Town – Kwa Ndengezi (KZN)

Born on: 31 July

Marital Status – In a four year relationship

Children –  Two year old daughter, Melokhule

Previous Roles : Junior in The Republic

He says he has a temper but is not a violent person.

Please read the full story in today’s Sowetan Newspaper – 5 Feb 2021.