Zinhle Mabena Biography

Zinhle Mabena Biography

Zinhle Mabena, known in the acting world by her stage name Zinhle Ngwenya, is a South African actress who has made a significant impact in the entertainment industry. Born on 8 June 1991 in Gauteng, South Africa, she is currently 32 years old. She is a proud South African national and identifies as female. She is divorced and is an alumnus of the University of Johannesburg.

Early Life and Career

Zinhle Mabena’s interest in acting took root at a young age. She pursued her passion and graduated from the University of Johannesburg. Her acting career began with several roles, including in films like Winnie Mandela and Mthunzini. However, she gained widespread recognition for her role in the popular telenovela Isibaya. Her contributions to South African film have been so significant that it’s nearly impossible to discuss the industry without mentioning her name.

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Personal Life


Zinhle Mabena was previously married to businessman Robert Ngwenya. The couple dated for several months before tying the knot in a secret wedding in 2017. While most of her fans were unaware of the marriage, Zinhle teased the reality on her birthday in a post she shared on Instagram. However, she only made their relationship Instagram official a year later, in 2018. Before marrying Robert Ngwenya, she had been in a relationship with Mpho Makola.


Zinhle Mabena was born to a Ndebele father and a Zulu mother. Her father passed away when she was a child, leaving her mother to raise her and her two siblings. Zinhle is said to share a deep bond with her mother.


From her relationship with Robert Ngwenya, Zinhle Mabena has a daughter and a son. Robert Ngwenya had three children from a previous relationship, making Zinhle a stepmother to them.


Zinhle Mabena and her then-husband Robert Ngwenya lived in a 7 million home in Midrand, Johannesburg. Robert Ngwenya had reportedly taken a loan to buy the house but defaulted on the repayment soon after, raising the possibility of repossession. It is currently unknown where Zinhle Mabena resides.

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Car Accident

In 2021, Zinhle Mabena was involved in a car accident that resulted in two fatalities. She was reportedly driving home in the Centurion area after attending a party with friends. She had a head-on collision in Boksburg with a Corolla. Two people died in the accident, and one was left disabled for life. Zinhle Mabena was found unconscious at the scene. Her then-husband Robert Ngwenya arrived at the scene and took her to the hospital. The case has been ongoing for years, with the victims’ family reportedly still fighting for justice. Although the car was insured by the Alexander Forbes Group and Business Insurance under Robert Ngwenya’s name, the insurance company refused to pay because Zinhle was driving above the speed limit and was under the influence.

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