Israel Matseke-Zulu

‘Gomora’ star Israel Matseke-Zulu participated in the Adiwele challenge. Image via Twitter @PhilMphela

‘Career over?’: Fans are worried Israel Matseke-Zulu won’t land any roles

Fans are concerned that Israel Matseke-Zulu who played Don on ‘Gomora’, won’t be able to continue with his TV career following his operation.

Israel Matseke-Zulu

‘Gomora’ star Israel Matseke-Zulu participated in the Adiwele challenge. Image via Twitter @PhilMphela

Viewers of Mzansi Magic’s telenovela, Gomora are devastated that actor Israel Matseke-Zulu, who played Don, has lost his leg following his struggle with gangrene.  

Matseke-Zulu allegedly had his right leg amputated two weeks at a Sandton hospital according to close sources.


The Gomora star Israel Matseke-Zulu revealed in several interviews that he could no longer walk and was using a wheelchair and crutches.

  • Sunday World reported yesterday (12 December) that the actor had a leg operation a few weeks ago and had his leg amputated.  
  • Fans of the award-winning thespian are now worried about his acting career and are wondering if he’d be able to bag roles after losing his leg.   
  • Sources from Gomora also stated that producers might bring Don back after he fully recovers from his leg operation.
  • Viewers of the show have also requested for his return and have stated that the telenovela is dull without him.  
  • Matseke-Zulu also confirmed he had a leg operation to the publication last Friday (10 December).   
  • He asked Gomora producers to let him go and exited the show so that he can concentrate on his health.

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“Let’s appreciate him while he’s still alive and one of the coolest guys I got a chance of meeting.”

It’s a shame he had ad to pause his acting even. 

“We wish him a speedy recovery.”  

“Now I feel bad that I hated his character on Gomora, what if it’s the last role?”  

“Wish him a speedy recovery. And a young dance on his Birthday.”   

“The tweets about Ntate Israel Matseke-Zulu are breaking my heart.”

“Wherever he is and with what is happening in his life, wishing him a speedy recovery.”

“Will they hire him again with one leg. I’m worried.”  

Also read: ‘Gomora’ viewers are counting down to Israel Matseke Zulu’s (Don) exit


Matseke-Zulu was introduced to audiences as Teddy (Siceleo Butheledzi) and Sibongile’s (Nandipha Khunoe) biological father on the show. 

He conceived Teddy with Zodwa (Sannah Mchunu) and then left them to go live with a wealthy woman.  

Don only returned to Gomora because his wealthy wife (Sibongile’s mother) passed away.  

Sibongile’s mother’s family claimed back the houses and the cars since they were all in her name.  

The father and daughter were homeless, needed a place to stay and lived with Zodwa and Teddy .

Also read: ‘I’m sick, I can’t walk’: Israel Matseke-Zulu reveals why he exited ‘Gomora’