Raphael Griffiths Biography
Raphael Griffiths, born on January 3, 1992, is a multi-talented South African personality who has made his mark as a presenter, actor, and singer. He gained widespread recognition for his role as Vusi Mukwevho on the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango.
Griffiths faced significant challenges in his career, including depression and cyberbullying, which were linked to his role on Muvhango. Despite the harsh criticism, he managed to rise above the negativity.
Current Roles and Musical Talent
Griffiths is currently part of the drama series Imbewu, where he portrays the character Zithulele. In addition to his acting prowess, he is also a gifted singer who has showcased his talent alongside renowned artists such as Rebecca Malope and Da L.E.S.
- Full Name: Raphael Griffiths
- Date of Birth: January 3, 1992 (31 years old)
- Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa
- Nationality: South African, Zimbabwean
- Education: Hoërskool Die Fakkel
- Occupation: Actor, singer, presenter
- Known for: Role as Vusi Mukwevho on Muvhango
- Ex-Partner: Thuli Phongolo
- Net Worth: Between $100,000 and $500,000
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Raphael Griffiths developed a passion for rapping from a young age. His diverse heritage includes Portuguese and Angolan descent from his paternal great-grandmother. His father, born to a Zambian man and his grandmother, married a Zulu woman, and they had Raphael.
Griffiths attended Hoërskool Die Fakkel, where he held several leadership positions, including the president of many student councils and head boy. He has plans to pursue political science after matriculation.
Griffiths made his television debut as a presenter for the SABC2 teen program qbase28 in 2009, which he continued for three years until its cancellation in 2012. He has hosted other television programs, including the SABC2 music show Music Moves Me (M3), and appeared as a celebrity guest on The Comedy Central Roast of Kenny Kunene in 2014. He also presented the 10th edition of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) in 2016.
After a five-year stint as Vusi Mukwevho on the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango, Griffiths joined the E.tv soap opera Imbewu: The Seed as Zithulele Bhengu, the second son of oil magnate Zimele “Ngcolosi” Bhengu. He transitioned from a recurring role in season one to a starring role in season two, which began on April 16, 2018.
Griffiths was in a relationship with Thuli Phongolo, which ended sooner than he had hoped. The breakup, initiated by Thulisile in 2015, left him devastated. Despite attempts to mend their relationship, they eventually parted ways.
Griffiths experienced cyberbullying during his early acting career, which affected his self-confidence and self-esteem. With the help of therapy and family support, he overcame his depression. He credits prayer as a significant factor in his recovery.
Griffiths drives an Audi TFSI, estimated to cost around R500,000, reflecting his successful career.
Having been in the entertainment industry for a while, Griffiths has established a strong presence despite his experiences with cyberbullying. He earns from music streams on platforms like Apple Music and Spotify, as well as from his acting and presenting roles. As of October 2024, his net worth is estimated to be between $100,000 and $500,000.
- Imbewu as Zithulele Bhengu
- Muvhango as Vusi Mukwevho
- SAFTAs as Presenter – Himself
- The Comedy Central Roast as Himself