Mzansi’s celebrities and their popular parents

Meet Mary Thwala, Somizi Mhlongo, Mpho and Arthur Molepo


Like they always say, “It runs in the family”.

Can the above phrase be used when referring to a string of parents that are in the acting industry with their children? One may argue that this cannot be a fluke but indeed runs in the family

Below are two parents and their children in acting

Mary Thwala and Somizi Mhlongo

The legendary actress, Mary, played many roles in both film and television for years, including that of Sarafina’s grandmother. Her TV career includes her acting on local drama series like Hlalakwabafileyo, Yizo Yizo, and Muvhango.

Somizi Mhlongo, a prominent proud gay, is a choreographer of note. He is also a judge in the popular singing competition, Idols. He is the son of late legendary actor Ndaba Mhlongo.

Mpho and Arthur Molepo

Arthur and Mpho Molepo.

Arthur Molepo is well-known for his role on SABC1 Sepedi soapie ‘Skeem Saam’ as Captain Malebana. His role is to investigate crimes that are committed in the play.

Mpho Molepo is affectionately known as Fats, a character he plays in the soapie Rhythm City. Mpho was inspired by his dad when grew up. He used to watch his dad on TV. The father-son duo have acted together many times over the years, and occasionally Arthur is Mpho’s director.