Leleti Khumalo Biography

Leleti Khumalo was born on 30th March 1970 in KwaMashu, South Africa. She is a South African actress popularly known for her leading role in the movie and stage play Sarafina! She is also a musician and a radio presenter.

Her career in music began when she joined a youth backyard dance group called Amajika where she met Tu Nokwe, who became her mentor. In 1993, she released her debut album titled “Leleti and Sarafina”.

At the age of 15 when she was practicing with Amajika, the dance group, Mbogena Ngema was was looking for new talent for a musical he was developing, he came to the garage in which her youth group was rehearsing to scout for performers. After seeing what Khumalo could do, Ngema simply asked if she wanted to do a play. She said yes. The musical eventually evolved into the international blockbuster Sarafina!

She was the host of the breakfast show on Vuma FM, a KwaZulu-Natal radio station which broadcasts in IsiZulu language.

She is the founder of Leleti Khumalo’s School Ground Project in association with Sukuma Sakhe. The programme is aimed at dealing with problems faced by teenagers in a school setting.

Leleti Khumalo Age

She was born on 30th March 1970.

Leleti Khumalo Vitiligo – Leleti Khumalo Skin Condition

She has vitiligo ( a disease that destroys skin pigment cells, causing the loss of skin color in blotches) and says that she was about 24 years when she found out about the disease. In an interview with True Love magazine she said that she was content with her looks.

“It has taken over my looks, but I am content. I don’t want my life to be about the condition. I have it- so what? I am still an actress, a mother and a wife”

“When I was trying to have children, the doctor told me after my pregnancy the vitiligo would spread. I was fine with that,” she added.

Leleti Khumalo Husband

She was married to Mbongeni Ngema since 1992 but they divorced in 2005. She later married businessman Skhutazo Winston Khanyile in 2012.

Leleti Khumalo Wedding – Leleti Khumalo Marriage

Leleti got married to Mbongeni Ngema. Leleti who is now divorced from Ngema has shown regret over and over, calling the marriage a disgusting experience, and expressing remorse for having married an already married man.

Leleti is now married to a business man, Skhuthazo, he is two years her junior and together they have twins, totalling to three children for Leleti one from ex husband Mbongeni.

Leleti Khumalo Twins – Leleti Khumalo Kids

On 24th May 2013 she gave birth to twins, Ulwenzile Khanyile and Yamukelani Khanyile. Leleti had two miscarriages before she had her twins, totalling to three children for Leleti one from ex husband Mbongeni.

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Leleti Khumalo
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Leleti Khumalo Net Worth

Information about her net worth will be updated.

is Leleti Khumalo HIV Positive

She has not revealed her hiv status.


  • Sarafina, 1985.
  • Mama, 1996.
  • Sarafina 2, 1997.
  • The Zulu, 1999.
  • Stimela SaseZola, 2003.

Leleti Khumalo Movies

  • Sarafina!, 1991.
  • Cry, the Beloved Country, 1995.
  • Yesterday, 2004.
  • Hotel Rwanda, 2004.


  • African Skies, 1991.
  • Generations, 2005.


  • 1988: She received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Sarafina!
  • 1987: She received a NAACP Image Award for Best Stage Actress.

Leleti Khumalo News: Leleti Khumalo on depression and losing a child

Source: Times Live

TV star and producer Leleti Khumalo says losing a child while living with her skin condition was one of the hardest things she’s ever had to experience, and left her battling depression and feelings of worthlessness.

The star has a condition called vitiligo that has seen her lose skin colour over much of her body. Speaking to Drum magazine recently, she said that dealing with it was made harder after losing one of her triplets at birth.

“Losing my child was one of the hardest moments in my life. I was left with too many questions- I cried, I prayed and I blamed myself. It was a double tragedy for me as I had to deal with my skin condition at the same time.”

Only her husband telling her that she was still beautiful after the tragedy helped her get through it.

“I wouldn’t be the mother I am if he was not as involved as he is. He is more involved than I am with the twins. I said, ‘If you were not around I don’t know how I would have made it.’ I can hold on to my career. It is important, because it completes me,” Leleti once told Sunday Times, gushing over her hubby Skhuthazo.

She said that he was not ashamed of her condition and never missed a chance to tell her he loves her.

“I asked him how he feels – ‘Are you ashamed of me?’ – and he told me, ‘I still look at you the same way.'”

Responding to a fan who thanked her for speaking out on vitiligo, Leleti said it was important not to feel ashamed.

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