Eric Macheru Biography

Detailed Biography of Eric Macheru

Eric Macheru is a renowned South African actor and former professional soccer player. He is best known for his role as Leeto Maputla in the popular SABC 1 soap opera, Skeem Saam. In addition to his acting career, Macheru has also made a name for himself in the world of soccer, having played for several prestigious clubs including Tottenham Hotspurs and Ajax Cape Town. This biography delves into the life and career of Eric Macheru, providing a comprehensive profile summary and exploring his journey in both the acting and soccer fields.

Profile Summary

Eric Macheru was born on February 25, 1986, in Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa. He is of Black ethnicity and holds South African nationality. Macheru has made significant strides in his career as an actor and soccer player, appearing in TV shows such as Skeem Saam and Zaziwa. He is also active on social media, with his Instagram handle being @ericmacheru.

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Early Life and Background

Macheru was born and raised in Botlokwa, a town in Polokwane, Limpopo province. He grew up in a Christian family in the township of Seshego, alongside his parents and three brothers. Tragically, one of his brothers passed away in 2007. Macheru’s father, a sports enthusiast, played a significant role in influencing his venture into soccer.


Macheru attended Kuschke Agricultural High School. After completing his high school education, he developed an interest in acting and pursued a degree in film from AFDA. Currently, Macheru is studying multimedia at AFDA, a decision he made to complement his film degree and help him transition into his passion for advertising and communication.

Soccer Career

Macheru’s soccer career was quite successful until a career-ending injury. He won the SABC 1 reality competition Sokka Kings in 2005, which led to a week-long training with the English Premiership club, Tottenham Hotspur. Throughout his career, Macheru secured a one-year contract with Highlands Cape Town and a sports management contract. His career came to an abrupt end while playing for Ajax Cape Town.

Acting Career

Macheru made his acting debut in 2012 in the Mzansi Magic telenovela, iNkaba, where he played the role of Rick, a top model. He later landed a role in Mfolozi Street Season 1, playing the character of Msindo. Macheru also appeared in Zaziwa Season 4 before landing his most notable role as Leeto Maputla in Skeem Saam.

Personal Life

Macheru is in a relationship with his long-time girlfriend, Claudia. The couple welcomed their first child, a son named Marvin Francis Macheru, earlier this year. Macheru shared the first pictures of his son on Instagram, much to the delight of his fans and followers.

Role in Skeem Saam

In Skeem Saam, Macheru plays the character of Leeto, who is married to Mokgadi Malonga. Leeto Maputla is the son of Meikie Maputla and John Maputla and the older brother of Thabo Maputla. Skeem Saam is a series that explores the journey to manhood, examining the challenges faced by today’s male children as they transition into adulthood.

Net Worth

Macheru has worked hard and followed his dreams, transitioning from soccer to acting. As of 2020, he had an impressive net worth of US$1.5 million. Macheru’s income sources are diverse, including theatre, directing, and digital content creation.

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By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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