Mzansi Profiles! People Melusi Yeni Biography: Early Life and Education | Acting Career | Personal Life

Melusi Yeni Biography: Early Life and Education | Acting Career | Personal Life

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Melusi Yeni is a South African actor, singer, and entrepreneur who has starred in several popular television shows, such as Tshisa, The Wild, Generations, Rhythm City, and Imbewu: The Seed. He is also known for his social work and advocacy on men’s health and HIV prevention. He recently joined the cast of Smoke & Mirrors, a new soap opera on e.tv. This biography will explore the early life, education, acting career, personal life, and social work of Melusi Yeni.

 

Early Life and Education

Melusi Yeni was born on 22 October 1977 in KwaMashu, a township north of Durban, South Africa. He grew up in a musical family and performed with the Natal Youth Choir as a singer. He moved to Johannesburg in 2006 to pursue a career in acting.

 

Melusi Yeni Acting Career

Melusi Yeni Biography

Melusi Yeni Biography [Image: @melusiyeni/Instagram]

 

Yeni made his television debut in 1997, appearing in the SABC3 soap opera Isidingo and the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango. He gained popularity for his role as Bheki Shabalala in the SABC1 drama series Tshisa, from 2006 to 2009, with a guest appearance in 2012. He also starred as Isaac Tladi, a rogue ranger, in the M-Net soap opera The Wild, from 2011 to 2012.

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Yeni joined the SABC1 soap opera Generations in 2012, playing the role of Phenyo Mazibuko, a successful businessman. He was fired from the show in 2013 and took a break from television for two years. He also played the role of Mabutho Sokhulu, a lawyer, in the SABC1 drama series Sokhulu & Partners.

In 2019, he joined Imbewu: The Seed, playing the role of Manqoba Dlamini, a financial forensic investigator. In 2022, he joined Isifiso as Sibonelo. He then landed a new role in the e.tv soap opera Smoke & Mirrors in 2024, playing the role of Detective Phakathi. Smoke & Mirrors is a soap opera focusing on a small mining town called Emnyameni, where a female vigilante takes on the task of ridding the town of evildoers.

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Melusi Yeni Personal Life

Melusi Yeni Biography

Melusi Yeni Biography [Image: Barry Roux/X]

 

Yeni has a child with Palesa Molemela, whom he had to appear at Randburg Magistrate Court for his maintenance case. He became the KZN’s millionth man to get circumcised in 2018 as part of a campaign to raise awareness on men’s health and HIV prevention.

Yeni also participates in social and well-being movements, such as Brothers for Life, which aims to promote positive male norms and encourage men to take responsibility for their health. He founded a theatre production and events management company called Langa Libalele Enterprises in 2017.

 

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