Melusi Yeni Biography

Melusi Yeni Biography

Melusi Yeni, born on 22nd October 1977, is a renowned South African actor and singer. He has been active in the entertainment industry since 2006 and is a proud father of one child. Yeni is celebrated for his roles in popular television serials such as Tshisa, Home Affairs, Sokhulu & Partners, and Generations.

Personal Life

Melusi Yeni was born in KwaMashu, South Africa, on 22nd October 1977. In 2016, he faced a challenging period in his life when he was hospitalized due to poor health conditions. He underwent treatment for two weeks at the hospital. During this time, he also became the KZN’s millionth man to be circumcised.

Yeni is a father to a 10-month-old child with Palesa Molemela. He had to appear at Randburg Magistrate Court for his maintenance case with the baby’s mother.


Early Career

In 2006, Yeni moved to Johannesburg to pursue a career in acting. Before starting acting, he had a stint with the Natal Youth Choir as a singer. He also had the opportunity to tour with a South African supergroup called “Ladysmith Black Mambazo”.

Acting Career

In 1997, he acted in the SABC3 soap opera Isidingo, and then in the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango. In 2006, he joined the third season in the episode entitled “The Three Sisters (Part 1)” of the SABC1 serial with the role “Zam”.

In the same year, he joined with the SABC1 drama serial Tshisa for the role of “Bheki Shabalala”. The show became very popular, and he continued to play the role for three consecutive years until 2009. Then in 2012, he made a guest appearance in the first two episodes of the serial.

In 2011, he joined with the M-Net soap opera The Wild and played the role as “Isaac Tladi” until 2012. After that role, he joined with the SABC1 soap opera Generations from February 2012 to December 2013 where he played the role “Phenyo Mazibuko”. He was fired from the show in 2013, where he retired from television for two years.

In 2007, he appeared in the third and fourth seasons of the SABC1 drama Home Affairs. In 2008, he made his first television lead role of “Mabutho Sokhulu” in the SABC1 drama series Sokhulu & Partners. With that popularity, he continued to play the role until 2016.

In the meantime, he played the role of “Mthunzi” in the SABC1 mini-serial Shreds & Dreams in 2011. After retiring from Sokhulu & Partners, he joined with the soap opera Rhythm City and played the role of “Thabiso”. In 2019, he appeared in the Imbewu: The Seed with the role “Manqoba Dlamini”.

Other Endeavors

Apart from acting, he joined with the social and well-being movement called “Brothers for Life” to partner on a campaign that raises awareness on men’s health. In 2017, he founded the theatre production and events management company called “Langa Libalele Enterprises”.


Yeni’s filmography spans across various genres and roles. Some of his notable works include:

  • “Generations” (2012) as Phenyo Mazibuko
  • “Muvhango” (1997) as Pat
  • “City Ses’la” (2005) as TT
  • “Home Affairs” (2005) as Ntsepe
  • “Soul Buddyz” (2005) as Policeman
  • “Tshisa” (2006) as Bheki Shabalala
  • “” (2006) as Zam
  • “Rhythm City” (2007) as Thabiso
  • “Invictus” (2009) as Presidential Guard
  • “4Play: Sex Tips for Girls” (2010) as Tshepiso
  • “Shreds and Dreams” (2010) as Mthunzi
  • “Sokhulu and Partners II” (2011) as Mabutho Sokhulu
  • “The Wild” (2011) as Isaac Tladi
  • “Zaziwa” (2013) as Himself
  • “Ses’Top La” (2014) as Himself
  • “The Kingdom: uKhakhayi” (2016) as Sabelo
  • “Imbewu” (2018) as Manqoba Dlamini
  • “Isifiso” (2022) as Siboniso

Melusi Yeni’s journey in the entertainment industry is a testament to his talent and dedication. His contributions to South African television and music continue to inspire many.

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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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