Mzansi Profiles! Local Presley Chweneyagae Biography: Early Life,  Acting Career, Tsotsi, Baby Mama Drama

Presley Chweneyagae Biography: Early Life,  Acting Career, Tsotsi, Baby Mama Drama

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Presley Chweneyagae Biography: Early Life,  Acting Career, Tsotsi, Baby Mama Drama

Presley Chweneyagae is a South African actor who gained worldwide recognition for his role in the 2005 movie Tsotsi.

 

Early Life

 

Tsotsi

Presley Chweneyagae Biography [Image: Instagram/@presleychweneyagae]

 

Chweneyagae was born in North West Province on 19 October 1984 during the apartheid era when South Africa was an international pariah for its harsh policies towards the black population. He grew up in a family of four, and his mother, police officer Agnes Keagile, christened him Presley after her favourite musician, the late US Elvis Presley.

 

Presley Chweneyagae Acting Career

He was interested in acting when he participated in religious dramas at his church. His mother enrolled him in acting classes, and at the age of 14, he joined a drama school run by playwright and stage director Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom. After many roles in theatre roles, he played his first film role in Tsotsi.

 

Presley Chweneyagae In Tsotsi

 

Presley Chweneyagae Biography

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In 2000, Chweneyagae marked his first appearance as a television actor in Orlando for SABC TV. Chweneyagae’s film career started in Tsotsi, based on Athol Fugard’s only novel and updated by director Gavin Hood for the screen.

Chweneyagae auditioned for a supporting role but was cast as the lead character, Tsotsi, a young man from Soweto who steals to survive. The movie tells the story of a gang leader from Johannesburg who goes through personal redemption in a violent era after apartheid.

After a violent robbery, Tsotsi steals a car, shoots the woman who owns it, and realises she is carrying a baby. He takes the baby home and seeks help from his neighbour, a single mother named Miriam. The plot follows Tsotsi’s journey towards redemption and his challenges, including the possibility of being caught by the police and the antagonism of his former gang members.

 

Tsotsi’s Global Acclaim

 

Presley Chweneyagae Biography

Presley Chweneyagae Biography [Image: Instagram/@presleychweneyagae]

 

Tsotsi premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2005 and was praised for its authenticity and the performance by Chweneyagae. The movie was released in South Africa later that year and internationally in early 2006.

While some critics found the plot formulaic, others commended the film for its emotional depth and Chweneyagae’s ability to portray the complex character of Tsotsi. The film won several awards and brought international acclaim to Chweneyagae, who continued to act in theatre and film productions in South Africa. Tsotsi won the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 2005 Academy Awards (Oscars).

 

TV Roles

  • 90 Plein Street – Season 5 as Andile Grootboom
  • iNumber Number – Season 1 as Shoes Moshoeshoe
  • The River – Season 1 – 3 as Cobra
  • The South African Film and Television Awards – Season 12 & 13 as Presenter
  • Thula’s Vine – Season 1 as Detective Moloko
  • When We Were Black – Season 1 as Poet

 

Presley Chweneyagae’s Movie Roles

  • Menda City (2009)
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
  • Zama Zama (2013)
  • More Than Just a Game
  • State of Violence
  • Africa United

 

Personal Life

 

Presley Chweneyagae Biography

Presley Chweneyagae Biography [Image: Instagram/@presleychweneyagae]

 

Chweneyagae is married to Paulina Chweneyagae, a Swazi woman. The actor has two children with Paulina but rarely speaks about his family in public. He prefers to keep his personal life out of the spotlight and focus on his acting work. Presley also has a son from a previous relationship with actress Lerato Mvelase.

In April 2023, a lady named Alletta Somfula claimed to have Presley Chweneyagae’s 16-year-old son. She appeared on the show Papgeld on Moja Love TV to expose the actor for allegedly not paying child maintenance for their son. She said she had taken him to court thrice, and he owed her R58 800.

 

 

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