Thabo Mkhabela, famed for his role as Leshole in Skeem Saam, is more than just a 19-year-old student facing constant misfortune on screen. In real life, Thabo is an accomplished actor, poet, and dancer, whose journey diverges from his on-screen character.
Born in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, in 1995, Thabo’s life deviates from the Skeem Saam narrative. Unlike Leshole’s challenging upbringing, Thabo was raised in a middle-class family by both parents. He pursued his education at the University of Limpopo, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and later obtaining a master’s degree. This academic achievement paved the way for his current role as a lecturer at the Tshwane University Of Technology.
While Leshole’s on-screen presence is limited to Skeem Saam, Thabo extends his talents beyond television. Renowned for his work in theater and poetry, he embraces the stage when not immersed in lecturing or filming.
In his personal life, Thabo shares a committed relationship with Amanda Siyo, currently anticipating the arrival of their child. Despite the joy surrounding this impending addition to the family, Thabo is no stranger to fatherhood, as he already has a six-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Beyond the realm of acting, Thabo has recently transitioned behind the scenes. Acknowledging his skills, he has been promoted to casting director, showcasing his versatility within the entertainment industry.
Thabo Mkhabela’s journey from Bushbuckridge to the University of Limpopo, and now as a multifaceted professional, underscores the stark contrast between his real-life achievements and the perpetual challenges faced by his on-screen persona, Leshole. As he navigates the complexities of both worlds, Thabo continues to leave an indelible mark in the South African entertainment landscape.