Jesse Suntele Biography

Jesse Suntele Biography

Jesse Suntele, born on 18 September 1992, is a South African actor, model, rapper, and television personality. Known by various names such as Officer Bae, J-Flo, and Juggernaut Jesse, he has made significant strides in the entertainment industry since his debut.

Early Life and Education

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jesse Suntele’s journey to stardom began at a young age. He attended Fairsand Primary School before moving to Bloemfontein in grade 4. After completing his matriculation from St. Joseph’s Christian Brothers College, he returned to Johannesburg to study Sound Engineering at the Academy of Sound Engineering.



Jesse’s television career began in 2013 when he auditioned for the SABC 1 reality competition ‘U Can Do It’ and made it into the Top 10. His first credited television acting role came in 2014 when he starred in the first-season finale of the SABC 1 documentary-drama ‘Ngempela’.

In 2015, he guest-starred on SABC 1’s ‘Generations: The Legacy’ and secured his first recurring role on the soapie ‘Ashes to Ashes’. His breakthrough came in 2016 when he won the second season of ‘Top Actor Africa’ on BET. In the same year, he debuted on the Mzansi Magic telenovela ‘The Queen’, playing the role of Tuelo (“Officer Bae”), a policeman by day and a serial killer by night.

In 2017, he was one of the main hosts for the entertainment and variety show ‘BET A-List’. He also joined the cast of the Vuzu Amp reality competition series ‘The Hustle’, where he was one of the Season 2 contestants, using the rapper stage name “J-Flo” and made it into the Top 6. In the same year, he was nominated in the Feather Awards, for Hunk of the Year.

In 2018, he joined the soapie ‘Rhythm City’ in the role of Nqaba. In 2022, Suntele was cast as Phila Bhengu in the South African Netflix drama series ‘Savage Beauty’.

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In addition to his acting career, Jesse has also made a name for himself in the music industry. Performing under the stage name J-Flo, he has released singles such as ‘High by the Beach’ and ‘Outta Town’. He has also been featured on Kelly Khumalo’s single ‘Jehova’. In May 2021, he released his debut EP, ‘What Did You Expect’.


Jesse’s television roles span various genres and formats. Some of his notable roles include:

  • ‘The Estate (TV series)’ as Thato (guest role, 2023)
  • ‘Ngempela’ as Sandile (starring role, 2014)
  • ‘Ashes to Ashes’ as Kabelo (recurring role, 2015–2016)
  • ‘Generations’ as Himself (guest star, 2015)
  • ‘Mutual Friends’ as Himself (guest star, 2016)
  • ‘BET A-List’ as Himself (Host, 2016)
  • ‘The Queen’ as Tuelo (“Officer Bae”) (recurring role, 2016)
  • ‘The Hustle’ as Himself (J-Flo) (contestant, 2017)
  • ‘Rhythm City’ as Mzi (recurring role, 2018)
  • ‘Savage Beauty’ as Phila Bhengu (main role, 2022)
  • ‘In Your Dreams’ as Marcus (main role, 2023)


Jesse’s discography includes his debut EP ‘What Did You Expect’ (2021) and singles such as ‘High by the Beach’ (with SkyCity Uno, 2018), ‘Jehovah’ (with Kelly Khumalo), and ‘Outta Town’.

Awards and Recognition

Jesse’s talent and hard work have earned him several awards and nominations, including:

  • ‘Top Actor Africa’ at BET (Won, 2016)
  • ‘Hunk Of the Year’ at Fea
  • ther Awards (Nominated, 2017)
  • ‘Cosmo Sexiest Men’ Finalist (2018)
  • ‘Mzansi’s Sexiest’ top 12 (2018)

Jesse Suntele’s journey is a testament to his talent, hard work, and dedication. With each passing year, he continues to make his mark in the South African entertainment industry.

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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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