Bongile Mantsai aka Mthunzi Mayiza biography – Bongile Mantsai is a South African actor and dancer best known for his current role as Mthunzi Mayiza on etv’s Scandal!
He is also known for his first starring role as Poncho in the Mzansi Magic drama series Nkululeko and as Vija in the movie Inxeba: The Wound.
Bongile was born in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and grew up in a small township of Kayamandi. He is a pastor’s kid and has a musical background which is influenced by the church.
His first introduction to the arts was through music. He used to compose music for the choir. From there he went to the University of Stellenbosch and that’s how he got into theatre.
Things you didn’t know about Bongile Mantsai
- He comes born and bred in Stellenbosch, Western Cape
- He has worked with Brett Bailey and Lara Foot among others in theatre
- He is an artistic director at Zabalaza, a Baxter Theatre Centre Development Programme that develops theatre practitioners from in and around the Western Cape
- He is best known best for his award-winning role as Vija on Inxeba (The Wound)
- He plays a villain Mthunzi Mayiza on etv’s drama series Scandal!
- He is an award winner, he won the best lead male actor award at the Naledi Theatre Awards in 2014
- He played instruments at church and composed hymns as well as songs for a cappella.
- He started in theatre in 1997. He was writing music for theatre plays
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