‘I come from a poor background

‘I come from a poor background’: ‘Giyani: Land of Blood’s’ Wiseman Zitha

The 26-year-old actor and model says he grew up in a small village in Limpopo and was raised by a teacher.

‘I come from a poor background

Giyani: Land of Blood actor, Wiseman Zitha says he literally walked out of university and straight into his role on the Xitsonga telenovela.  

The 26-year-old actor told Drum Magazine that he considers himself to be “one of the lucky ones”.  


Zitha graduated from drama school at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and immediately got a leading role as Musa Baloyi on the TV series.  

The actor then joined SABC 2’s Venda soapie, Muvhango as Ndemedzo after the first season of Giyani: Land of Blood ended in 2019.   

Zitha got lucky once more when he joined the cast of The River to play the character of Mondli.  

He told the publication that he grew up in a “poor background” in a small village in Limpopo and was raised by a teacher.

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He says his parents expected him to follow in their footsteps and study teaching or law as acting is a foreign concept in his village.   

His parents only found out he was studying drama and not journalism during his second year at TUT.  

“When you are from the villages you tend to think that the village life is the only life that is out there.”

“You are not open to dreaming.”

“The only people you look up to are nurses, teachers, and doctors, you don’t even imagine yourself being on television.”

He says it’s always amazing to see someone speak the same language you do on TV and understand they come from the same background you do.   

He believes the show gives people hope that they can reach the same heights if they work hard.  

The model says a lot of people were also surprised at his language when he joined The River and spoke his home language, Xitsonga. 

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