Get to know Knuckle City Star Thembekile Komani

Thembekile Komani is a 33 year old South African actor. Best known for his role as Duke in the 2019 South African film Knuckle City. A role in which he received critical acclaim.

Biography Profile of Thembekile Komani

Thembekile Komani Biography
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Full name: Thembekile Komani
Date of birth: 1989 (33 years old)
Place of birth: Mount Frere, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Education: New Africa Theatre
Height: 170cm
Occupation: Actor
Known for: Duke Nyakama in Knuckle City
Net worth: $500K
Nationality: South African

Early Life

Thembekile Komani, who now resides in Cape Municipality, was born and raised in Mount Frere, an Eastern Cape town. Thembekile Komani completed his high school education at Simunye in 2006. He resides in “a small, diversified neighborhood known as Delft South.” He participates with Rainbow Arts Organisation, a local theater company. [1]


The New Africa Theatre Academy provided Thembekile’s training .After graduating from high school in 2008, he enrolled at New Africa Theatre to pursue a one-year certificate in performing arts.

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Acting Career of Thembekile Komani

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Image of Thembekile Komani perfoming as a Dj

Other international TV programs in which Komani has appeared include Big Friend Little Friends and Book of Negroes. Additionally, he made guest appearances in several regional TV dramas, including Isikizi, JAB, Ashes 2 Ashes, and Showmax’s Girl From St. Agnes.

Thembekile loves and is passionate about theater when he is not acting in on-screen roles. He recently appeared in The Amaqhawe, a dance production based on the Marikana Massacre and police brutality (Heroes). For his performance in this piece, he received a Silver Ovation Award at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. [2]

Accolades and Recognition

He gained widespread recognition in 2018 for his performance as Zuks in the Mzansi Magic TV series Nkululeko. For his performance as Duke in Knuckle City, Thembekile was recently nominated for a SAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film.

Personal life and other ventures

While we know nothing of his love affairs nor if he has any children or siblings. We do know that Thembekile is passionate about sharing his acting knowledge with the Delft community. Moreover, he is employed at the Rainbow Arts Organization in Delft. In the Delft South neighborhood, Komani also co-founded Full Force Fitness. A health club where he offers community members free dance and fitness classes.

Net worth of Thembekile Komani

As of yet he has an estimated Net worth of $500k. Which he has amassed from both his acting career on and off screens. As well as his other ventures including his company.


According to his agency at MLSA, the actor has an unbilled height of 170cm or 1.7m. And in the US metric system around 5’7″.

Social media of Thembekile Komani

The actor has both tik tok, Instagram and Facebook and on the first two platforms, he is @thembekilekomani on both platforms irrespectively. Then on Facebook, he is eponymously known as Thembekile Komani.