14 Facts You Didn’t Know About Nyembezi Kunene


Legendary actor and director Nyembezi Kunene died last Saturday (June 4) at 57. In memory of the entertainment industry icon, here are fourteen facts you probably didn’t know about Nyembezi.

1. Nyembezi Kunene was born in Meyerton, north of Vereeniging in Gauteng.

2. Nyembezi has been married for more than 30 years.

3. He has four children and one of his son is Sonqoba Kunene.

4. Nyembezi was living with his grandmother during his earlier age.

5. Nyembezi landed his first theatre role while he was still at high school.

6. He was inspired by the father of theatre GibsonBra Gib” Kente to join theatre production.

7. He was a director of the SABC1 comedy series, Emzini Wezinsizwa also had a role as Mchunu or Macingwane.

8. He has been working in community theatre projects and on a number of television projects since 1987.

9. Nyembezi was running drama school called Dramatic Zone, where he was teaching aspiring actors.

10. Nyembezi was the owner of under 12 soccer team, Kunene Aces, in the Vaal township of Sebokeng.

11. He was also a soccer player – playing for Kunene Aces (Masters).

12. He was an assistant director on TV shows which include Zikhethele, Vicious Circle , Sotho drama – Phamokati and the movie, Boomspruit.

13. He was a motivational speaker and also a master of ceremonies for various occasions.

14. Nyembezi even though he was ill he managed to short few episodes for Mzansi Magic’s Ring of Lies, e.tv’s soapie Scandal! and drama series Umlilo – you will currently see him on TV for the next coming weeks!

Rest in Peace, Nyembezi!

Source: Daily Sun


  1. A loss to South African entertainment industry. Such a resource to depart this world so early. It is really sad.May his soul rest in peace

  2. Ntate Kunene retla dula reo hopola ha moya wa hao orobale ka khotso…ya hao tema oe phethile!!! Till we meet again

  3. Its so sad to say our last goodbyes.Your legacy will live on Mr Kunene,and we will always remember you by the great work you’ve done for the SA’s entertainment industry.RIP


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