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Skeem Saam promotes Thabo Mkhabela to casting director

South African actor Thabo Mkhabela, who is popularly known for playing the role of Leshole Mabitsela on Skeem Saam has been promoted to casting director.

The actor Thabo Mkhabela, who plays Leshole Mabitsela on the show is now working behind the scenes.

Social media blogger @Jabu_Macdonald, who’s a fan of the show tweeted: “Thabo Mkhabela is now a casting director.”

Mkhabela took a break from the educational soapie at the end of season nine when his character joined the army to fulfill his dream job of being a pilot.

Thabo Mkhabela

He tells Sunday World that he joined the show after finishing his degree: “I must say performance- wise I have grown, and it has been amazing to experience.”

“I did not leave the soapie. I have been working behind the scenes as a casting director, and I was grateful to have been given that opportunity.”

“It is breathtaking because I actually go find the people who fit the character or role written on the script.”

Mkhabela, who made headlines when his on-screen father Charles Maja, who played Big Boy Mabitsela passed away in 2020 tells Sunday World that his passing was very hard for him as they shared a special bond on and off-screen.

“We would discuss everything and being with him I learned a lot, and I hope wherever he is he is proud of how far I have come with the character.”


In other news – Real reasons behind Unathi Nkayi’s exit from Kaya FM revealed

South African TV and radio presenter Unathi Nkayi committed a career hara-kiri when she refused to apologize to her former colleague Sizwe Dhlomo for “falsely accusing” him of hurling profanities at her in the studio of the Gauteng-based radio station last year.

Unathi Nkayi

This despite being instructed to extend an olive branch to Dhlomo by the station’s human resource head, Bhekiwe Khumalo, after the station’s internal investigations exonerated Dhlomo of any wrongdoing. Learn More

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