Who was Lindiwe Ndlovu? Know her full life, death and legacy detailed

Lindiwe Thembekani “Thembeka” Ndlovu (8 January 1977 – 11 January 2021) was a South African actress. The daughter of the late playwright Stanford Ngidi who passed in 2015. She is best known for the roles in the films Little One (2013), Safari (2013) and Winnie Mandela (2011).

Full biography:

Image of Lindiwe Ndlovu.
Image of Lindiwe Ndlovu.

Full name: Lindiwe Ndlovu
Date of birth: 8 January 1977
Date of death: 11 January 2021 (44 years of age)
Place of birth: Soweto, Gauteng, Johannesburg
Education: Wingen Heights Secondary school
Height: 1.67m
Occupation: Actress
Known for: Little One (2013)
Spouse: Rok Ajulu
Father: Stanford Ngidi
Awards: SAFTA
Nationality: South African

Early Life of Lindiwe Ndlovu

Ndlovu was born on 8 January 1977 in Dube, Soweto, South Africa as the elder daughter of the family. She was raised in the eThekwini town of Hammarsdale. Her father Stanford Ngidi was a popular community playwright, who died in 2015. Not much is known of her mother though, as well as her siblings. Of which we know she has.


Thembeka matriculated at Wingen Heights Secondary school in Shallcross, Durban in 1995. Then in 1997, she joined the Market Theatre Laboratory for a two-year training stint. Which helped her to succeed in the acting Industry.

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Personal life of Lindiwe Ndlovu

According to her Wikipedia. She was married to a man named Rok Ajulu. Whom she met in 1996 (Wikipedia) till her time of death. That was 25 years of marriege. Even though her marriege was arguably one of the few to succeed, there’s no knowledge on her children. We can only assume she had them.

Death and aftermath

On the 11th of January 2021 at the age of 44. Lindiwe was found dead in her room. According to her longtime agent, Lynne Higgins of Gaenor Artiste Management, Ndlovu died in her sleep on the morning due to health complications. Such as high blood pressure. These news left the country very saddened and devastated. She was still very young and had many years ahead of her. In fact she had plans for her role on the e-tv soapie Isono. Where she was set to play the role of Francina.

Career and filmography

Before entering cinema and television, she joined the Market Theatre and performed in many theatre plays. Ndlovu started her acting career in 2011 when she played the role of “Qondi” in the Mzansi television serial Mazinyo Dot Q. In the same year, she made the film debut with biographical drama feature Winnie Mandela.

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After this success, she played the role of Malawian maid “Buseje” on SABC1 serial Ses’Top La. In 2013, she played the lead role in the film Little One directed by Darrell Roodt. She later won the SAFTA Golden Globe Award for the Best Actress in a feature film category at the 8th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) for the role of “Pauline” in the film. After that critically acclaimed role, she acted in the film Safari again directed by Roodt.

Recent appearances on popular series

Since then, she made several notable appearances in the serials such as; Stokvel, Soul City, Scandal!, Isidingo and Home Affairs. In 2013 she played the role of “Sponono” in the show, Zabalaza. Then in 2017, she played the role of “Sharon” on Mzansi Magic serial Lockdown. In September 2020, she joined the cast of Mzansi Magic isiZulu serial Ifalakhe. Before her death, she announced that she was going to join the cast of the DStv telenovela, Isono.