We saw them on our small screens and, in some cases, our big screens, where they were amazing at acting.
But did the actors and actresses know that those with illnesses that can’t be cured have suffered?
They are here:
1-Leleti Khumalo (51 years of age)
The older generations will remember her as “Sarafina” from Mbongeni Ngema’s musical Drama of Sarafina.
Some may remember her as Sibusiso Dlomo’s sister, Busisiwe Dlomo, from SABC 1’s generations. She was cast in many other movies, including Uzalo as Reverend Manzuza’s wife.
If you think about it, the skin of seasoned actresses has lost a little bit of its dark color over the years. She has vitiligo, a skin condition. The skin pigment melanin is what causes vitiligo. The skin cells called melanocytes make this pigment.
It is the job of giving color to your skin. In vitiligo, not enough melanocytes are working in your skin to make enough melanin. This then causes white and sometimes hairy patches to show up on your skin.
2-Alfred Ntombela grew up in South Africa (49 years of age)
Some people may call him Leon Schuster’s sidekick because he has worked with the comedian for so long. Since the early 1990s, in Shucks, Ntombela has been on our screens. Here are UNTAG, sweet’n short, and lots of other shoe movies from Kwagga Strikes Back.
Many people think Ntombela is a child because he is short and looks young. However, he is not a child.
He is 49, and only has a problem with his growth hormone (GH).
Three Warren Masemola (38 years of age)
I think we all agree that Masemola is a chameleon actor! He was a thizozo prisoner on intersexions. He was a gay man on the SABc 1 sitcom Ses’Top La named Thokozani “Thoko” Chanel. He was a Number-Number street thug named G8.
He has no beard and no eyebrows. Maybe you’ve never noticed that the award-winning actor is always bald.
It’s because Alopecia universalis suffers (AU). A condition that causes hair loss. This type of hair loss is different from other types of alopecia. AU causes full hair loss on the head and body.
AU is one kind of areata alopecia. It’s different from localized alopecia areata, which causes hair loss in patches, and alopecia totalis, which only causes complete hair loss on the scalp. This autoimmunity to heal condition is unfortunately not cured.
4-Themba Ntuli (30 years of age)
You’ve seen him on TV in Rhythm City movies, movies, and shows, and he always seemed too smart for an eight-year-old, which is because he’s 30.
Like Ntombela, Ntuli has GH problems, or GHD to be exact.
Not enough growth hormone in the body is to blame. Even though GHD children have normal proportions, they are abnormally short. GHD may be present or start to develop later at birth (congenital) (acquired).
5- Sophie Ndaba (48 years of age)
Most people know of her because Queen Moroko plays the role of generations. She was also in other major South African dramas, like Yizo Yizo and Soul City.
Lichaba has lost a lot of weight because she has diabetes. If there isn’t enough insulin in the body, glucose from the blood can’t get into the cells to be used for energy.
When this happens, fat and muscles are burned for energy, which causes the body’s overall weight to go down.
6- Bonginkosi ‘Zola’ Dlamini
He made his first appearance in Yizo Yizo: Season 2, playing Papa Action. Zola worked on his first music album, Umdlwembe, around the same time (2000).
He became well-known in 2002 when he showed the reality show Zola 7 on SABC 1.
We watched Zola lose weight quickly over the years. Because they have epilepsy, a disorder of the central nervous system that can cause abnormal brain activity, seizures or other strange behaviors or sensations, and sometimes a loss of consciousness.
Felbamate, topiramate, and zonisamide are anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) that can cause weight loss. So they could have caused Zola to lose weight.