Mothusi Magano Biography

Mothusi Magano Biography

Mothusi Magano, born on March 26, 1979, is a distinguished South African actor. He has been active in the entertainment industry since 2004 and is best known for his roles in the popular serials “Tsotsi,” “Scandal!” and “Intersexions.”

Personal Life

Mothusi Magano was born in the small village of Phokeng on the outskirts of Rustenburg, South Africa. At the tender age of five, his family relocated to Mafikeng.


Mothusi Magano’s career in the entertainment industry has been marked by remarkable achievements. He made his acting debut at the Mmabana Cultural center, where he performed in a pantomime called “A Dragon For Dinner.” In 1998, he joined the Wits School of Dramatic Art. During his first year of study, he auditioned for all plays at Wits and secured roles in two stage plays: “Death and the Maiden” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”

In 2003, he was invited to play the role of ‘Harry Lime’ in one of his friend’s production “The Third Man.” This was followed by his first film appearance in “Gums and Noses.” He then appeared in the popular film “Hotel Rwanda” and the Oscar-winning “Tsotsi.”

Throughout his career, he has appeared in several theater productions, including “The Third Man,” “Stones in His Pockets,” “Venus,” “Four,” “Lysistrata,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Bread and Butter,” “Maid in the New South Africa,” “American Buffalo,” “The Coloured Museum,” “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” and “Hamlet.”

In 2006, he starred in the role of ‘Charles “Mingus” Khathi’ in the SABC3 drama series “The Lab.” The show became highly popular, and he continued to play the role until 2009. In 2010, he made a recurring role in the fifth season of “Wild at Heart.”

In 2011, he made a guest role in the series “Intersexions” and then in “90 Plein Street” in 2012. In 2013, he played his second television lead role in the series “Tempy Pushas.” In the same year, he was invited to play a popular soapie “Scandal!” for the role of a mysterious assassin ‘The Dustbin Man.’

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In 2014, he won the Award for the Best Actor at the SAFTAS and award for Best Actor in a leading role for his role in the series “Of Good Report.” Airing in 2016 – 2017 on Etv, Mothusi played the part of the cunning journalist Maxwell in “Hustle.” Showing in 2017 on SABC 2, Mothusi is acting in the sports drama “Keeping Score.”

In 2019, he was nominated for a SAFTA award for his role as ‘Phaks’ in the serial “Emonyeni: Nsanguluko.” In the same year, he joined the cast of soapie “Skeem Saam.”


Mothusi Magano’s filmography spans various genres and mediums, including films, TV series, and short films. Some of his notable works include:

  • “Gums & Noses” (2004)
  • “Hotel Rwanda” (2004)
  • “Tsotsi” (2005)
  • “The Lab” (2009)
  • “Wild at Heart” (2010)
  • “Intersexions” (2010)
  • “The Runaway” (2011)
  • “Die Buurtwag” (2012)
  • “Of Good Report” (2013)
  • Scandal!” (2013)
  • “Where Has the Time Gone?” (2017)
  • “Stillborn” (2017)
  • “The Number” (2017)
  • “Emoyeni” (2018)
  • “Griekwastad” (2019)
  • “I Am All Girls” (2021)
  • “Wild is the Wind” (2022)

Mothusi Magano’s diverse roles and performances have earned him recognition and accolades, solidifying his place in the South African entertainment industry.

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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