Siyabonga Xaba is a 23-year-old South African actor, director and producer. Best known for playing Zweli Hlatswayo in the SABC1 political thriller series End Game. Moreover, he also appeared in the fifth season of the SABC1 youth series. Soul Buddyz and the international series Strike Back. And, much more recently, Xaba has been seen playing the role of Langa on Gomora
Full biography: Siyabonga Xaba
Birth Date: January 25, 1999 (23 years old)
Nickname: Siya Xaba
Birth City: Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South African
Current City: Johannesburg
Education: Park Town Boys High
Known for: Langa on Gomora
Eye Color: Brown
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African
Early life Siyabonga Xaba
Siyabonga Xaba was born in 1999 on the 25th of January in New Castle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. However, his family moved to Johannesburg at some point in his life. And, he had to finish his high school in Johannesburg.
So, he got his matric certification from Parktown Boys High. Where he matriculated in 2017. After graduating at the school, not much is known about his tertiary education. However, we do know that he started acting as a young boy. Appearing in dramas like 4play: Sex Tips for Girls.
However, Xaba isn’t only an actor but also a director and producer. And, with up to 10 years plus of on-screen experience. He couldn’t be anymore perfect a candidate.
Why Siyabonga Xaba left Gomora
When Xaba left Gomora, a lot of his fans were shocked. So, some independent news media outlets sat down with him to hear what really went down. And according Siyabonga Xaba, he left the drama series because he was going behind the scenes.
He said that directing was becoming a fuming passion within him. And, the bug had bit him in 2017. Moreover, 2017, he had directed a feature film. Which left a long lasting impression on him about the joy behind directing. However, no one as of yet knows which play he went on to direct. Moreover, he did say he was going to miss his on-screen mother Katlego Danke. Because she was fun and professional.
Lungelwa Hela, who is the producer of the popular telenovela. Described Xaba as a “perfectionist, a director, a writer, and one of the best actors she’s ever worked with in a tweet. Moreover, the actor wrote, produced, and directed a film called Carrots. Which was released in April of 2020. It started two of his co-stars in Gomora. Namely, Ama Qamata and Siphesihle Ndaba. [ ¹]
Career beginnings of Siyabonga Xaba
In 2009, he was cast in the ETV drama Foreplay Sex Tips for Girls. Which launched his career. Moreover, in the same year, he appeared in Season 5 of the children’s edutainment drama Soul Buddyz.
He was cast in the international series Strike Back season 2. Aswell as project Dawn and Book of Negroes after having two local credits. A slew of South African and international TV shows and films followed. He was most recently cast in the hit telenovela Gomora. The feature film Back of the Moon, and the international TV show The Professionals.
And, over a decade of acting experience. Siya has recently expanded into producing and directing. With his first short film “Carrots” set to be released in 2020. Furthermore, he is passionate about the film industry. And, is eager to learn, grow and hone his craft. [ ²]
Television Filmography and roles
4Play: Sex Tips for Girls – Season 1 and 2– Xolani
End Game – Season 1: Zweli Hlatswayo
Gomora – Season 1 and 2: Langa
Soul Buddyz – Season 5: Forget
Strike Back – Season 1: Najim
The Book of Negroes – Season 1: Young Chekura (as Siya Xaba)
The Estate – Season 3: Vukani
The Girl from St. Agnes – Season 1: Tim (as Siyabonga Xaba)
The Hot Zone – Season 1: Young African on Plane