Thapelo Mokoena joins SABC3 High Rollers as Jakes Xaba


Here’s some exciting news for Thapelo Mokoena fans – he just got a new role as Jakes Xaba on SABC3 drama series ‘High Rollers‘ and set to make his debut appearance in August 2016.

The 33-year-old actor and television personality set play ”Jakes , a new ‘whale’ at Kings Casino who is a charming, articulate and suave. Jakes has a private school education, spent time at university overseas and is the ultimate cheeky charmer and chancer – but is he a little too slick for his own good?”

Mokoena’s star turns on Generations, Isidingo, Khota Life Crisis andThe Lab have made him a houshold name in South Africa – never mind stints as a host on Fear Factor, a show-stealing run on Strictly Come Dancing, a supporting role in Long Walk To Freedom and a host of top-shelf TV ads.

High Rollers Executive Producer Meren Reddy says Mokoena’s energy and charm make him perfect for the role of Jakes. “We’re excited to be able to add Thapelo to an already-strong cast on the show. His character is one of those who viewers will follow religiously because you never know what he’s going to do next”.

Mokoena was born in Ladysmith in 1982. He completed his schooling in Ladysmith before moving to Johannesburg to pursue a degree in accounting, which he gave up in favour of studying filmmaking.

Upon finishing his course at film school he made an instant impact in acting when he landed the role of Gabriel, the bodyguard of Karabo Moraka (played by Connie Ferguson), on the SABC1 soapie Generations.  In 2006 he was selected as the host for the local version of Fear Factor before returning to drama in 2006 with He went on to present reality show Rise Mzansi and competed on the sixth season of SABC 3’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Be sure to tune into High Rollers @ 19:30 every Monday to Wednesday on SABC3.