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Tsotsi actor's star on the rise again

By unknown | Oct 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

After a string of bad publicity Tsotsi star Presley Chweneyagae's career is going places again.

Chweneyagae, who was born in 1984 in North West, is best known for his lead role in the film Tsotsi , which won an Oscar.

He is now playing a lead role in the play Silent Voice.

Produced by Aubrey Sekhabi, Silent Voice premiered at the State Theatre in Pretoria, and opens at the Market Theatre in Newtown on November 7.

Chweneyagae plays the part of a gang leader called Charlie X.

"Charlie X differs from the role I played in Tsotsi," he says.

"He is a drug addict and his father used to be a pastor."

Though Chweneyagae launched his career with an international film he abruptly disappeared only to resurface on the stage.

"I am happy to be back in theatre," he says. "Though I have done films, theatre has always been my first love.

"I recently shot a promo about a South African soccer legend. I also co-own a company called Inkanya with Zenzo Ngqobe and Ofentse Mothusi. The company produces mainstream and industrial productions."

Since he appeared in Tsotsi Chweneyagae has been dogged by bad luck. On January 25 last year he was charged with fraud in Pretoria.

According to the charge sheet he had pretended to the Centurion licensing department that he was in possession of a valid driver's licence from Ivory Coast, which entitled him to a South African driver's licence. He was convicted and fined R5000.


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