Wandile Molebatsi biography, age, wife, career and children


Wandile Molebatsi was born on March 21, 1991 in Soweto.  He is a 31-year-old South African actor and producer well known for playing Duma on Scandal, Diamond city as Tebogo and Hear me Move. He was born and bred in Soweto, Gauteng in South Africa. He is an actor with more than two decades in the entertainment industry and is the owner of Coal Stove pictures.

Biography profile

Wandile Molebatsi as Duma from Scandal
Image of Wandile Molebatsi

Name: Wandile Molebatsi
Date of birth: March 21st, 1991
Age: 31 years old
Place of Birth: Soweto, Gauteng province
Occupation: Actor and Producer
Known as: Duma on Scandal
Marital status: Married
Spouse: Jessica Jane
Children: Elijah Arona and Onalenna Bianca
Nationality: South African
Company: Coal Stove Pictures
Website: Coalstove.co.za

Early life of Wandile

Wandile Molebatsi in school
Wandile Molebatsi in school

Wandile Molebatsi was born on 21 March 1991 in Soweto, Gauteng province in South Africa. He was born to his father Bishop Caesar KL Molebatsi of Ebenezer Evangelical Church which is based in Soweto and to his mother who is a social worker for African National Congress. Wandile is a second born to the Molebatsi family of four children.

Growing up, Wandi Molebatsi acted in films and tv shows such on KTV and film of Born free. And was a best friend to Winnie Mandela’s grandson, Zondwa Mandela. As kids they used to go to Mam Winnie’s house in Orlando and we called it parliament.¹²

Molebatsi’s education

Wandile Molebatsi studied Drama and films at the University of Witswaterstand.

Wandile Molebatsi career

Wandi acting as Duma on Scandal
Wandi acting as Duma on Scandal

Wandile started his acting career as a child. He acted on kids television show on KTV in the 90s. When he was five years old, Wandi had a role as Nik Nik on a film called Born free produced in 1996. His other childhood films include Shuba Lodge, The beloved country and Cry.

With two decades of acting experience Wandile Molebatsi’s resume or cv is quite long. He has acted on many popular films and tv shows such as Rhythm City, Soul City, Gauteng Maboneng, Chappie, MNet The Wild and just recently Thula’s Vine. The star had lead role on Skeem as Vista Mkatini and was a Son to Mr Bones on Mr Bones 3. In 2006, he starred in When We Were Black mini-series. From 2011 to 2013, he played the role of a laid-back tracker Blessing Dlamini on The Wild, an M-Net soap opera.

Molebatsi is currently playing Duma on Scandal etv alongside Upile uThixo Bongco. Duma is a son to Mr Mamba (playing by Simo Magwaza), he has got a problem of low self-esteem and would go back to drugs to get an esteem boost. This has caused him to be his father’s enemy as this destroys Mamba’s reputation.

Wandi Molebatsi’s wife and children

Wandile Molebatsi with Jessica Jane his wife
Wandile Molebatsi with Jessica Jane his wife

Wandile Molebatsi is in interracial marriage to a white woman by the name of Jessica Jane. His wife Jessica is a fashion designer and is such a best adviser for Wandile. They were married in 2013 and were blessed with two children. Molebatsi said his wife Jessica had a major role in naming their children, their son’s name is Elijah Arona and their daughter’s name is Onalenna Bianca.

Wandile wants his children to experience real love and he will raise his children the way he was raised. He recalled that when Elijah was born, he and his wife had to work overtime to maintain and afford baby supplies.

He is the owner of Coal Stove Pictures

Molebatsi can be despised when he is acting as a drug addict or a worker in lowly esteem working place. But behind the scene, Molebatsi Wandile owns a Production company called Coal Stove Pictures. The company was formed while he was still studying at Witswaterstand university. Coal Stove Pictures was the winner of the 2007 Business Day – BASA Award for Art Sponsorship by a Small Business and a finalist at the 2008 SAB KickStart Competition.³

So far, Coal Stove Pictures has produced movies like Thula’s Vile ( nominee for Best Achievement in Directing -TV Drama- but lost to iNumber Number), iKani (SABC’s first isiNdebele drama) and Here Me Move.

Wandile Molebatsi career profile


Mr Bones 3 – (Son of Bones) Malabanga – Dir. Gray Hofmeyr

Revolt – Roderick – Dir. Joe Miale

360 Degrees – Jay Mashongwe – Dir. Shaft King Lehlohonolo

Safe Bet – Frank Makhube – Dir. Bongani Sekhuma

Kalushi – Phineus Mahlangu – Dir. Mandlakayise Dube

Khumo Lehuma War-  Dingalo – Setho Films

Chappie – Armored Truck Guard – Dir. Niel Blomkamp

Set Up to Step Up – David Borole – Dir. Bobby Heaney

A Million Colours – Muntu Ndebele (Lead role) – Dir. Peter Bishai
Skeem – Vista Mkatini (Lead role) – Dir. Tim Greene

Preacher – LRA Commander – Dir. Jason Keller

Angel Hotel – Porter – Dir. David Attwood
Rough – The Bellhop – Dir. Andy Wilson & John McKay

Gothia Caper – Tshepo (Lead) – Dir. Rolie Nikiwe & Allan Gustafson

The Ruin – Piet Jnr – Dir. Darrel James Roodt

Born Free 2 – NikNik (Lead) – Dir. Tommy Lee Jones


Scandal – Duma – Ochre Media

Deep State  – Sekou – Dir. Matthew Parkhill

Liberty – Justus – Dir. Mikael Marcimain (Denmark TV)

Thula’s Vine – Nkanyize – Coalstove Pictures

Thola S2 – Rhudzani Makwarela – FUZEBox Productions

Madiba Series – Terror Lekota – Blue Ice Pictures

Gauteng Maboneng 2 – Frank – Engage Entertainment

Kowethu – Sakhumzi Mkhanwanzi – Doppel Ganger Productions

The Crown – Government Clerk – Dir. Stephen Daldry – Sony Pictures

Dreamworld S2 – Lindelani – FireWorx Media

THOLA – Kingdom Sebitlo – FUZEBox Productions
Matilda in Law – Mothlasi Sehume – FireWorx Media
Royal Pains – Dr. Matushwa – USA Network

Eyoh TV – Kagiso Mostuledi-  Black Brain Media

The Wild – Blessing Dlamini – Magic Factory

Mzansi Magic – Dingalo – Setho Films

Mzansi Love S1 – Dr Onaleruna – FireWorx Media

The Cove~ Online – Kyle – Shoot To Kill Productions

InterS.E.Xions – Charlie – Curious Pictures

Hola Mpinji – Fanyana – Black Drop Productions

Score – Tshepo – Curious Pictures

Spirit of Emakhosini – Sizwe – Ruby Rocket Media

Soul City 9 – Bulele – Tom Pictures
Believe – Gabriel Molefe – Bomb

Seduction 101 – Smilz – Curious Pictures

Life is Wild – Bheka – CBS Paramount Network Television

Rhythm City  – Samuel Sedibeng – Curious Pictures

When we were Black – Modise – Born Free Media

E.R. – Harun – Warner Bros
Soul Buddyz – Simon – Bobby Heaney Productions


Lets Connect Banking TV Standard Bank

Channel O O Access Mnet

K.TV Kids Network Mnet


The Days are Over – Jacob Sithole – Dir. Scottness Smith

Take Two of These – Mr Soldier


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