The cast of 1992 struggle film Sarafina.
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‘Sarafina’ cast: Where are they now? [photos]

More than three decades since it’s 1992 release, ‘Sarafina’ is still an integral part of Youth Day celebrations. Here are the cast now…


The cast of 1992 struggle film Sarafina.
Image via Instagram:
@leletikhumalo/ @official_dumisandlamini_@whoopigoldberg

More than three decades after its release in 1992, the hit struggle movie Sarafina is still an integral part of Youth Day celebrations in Mzansi.

But where are the cast up to in 2023?


It’s been three decades since the release of the iconic film but what has happened to the hit movie’s cast?

Leleti Khumalo – who played the titular role in Sarafina – has continued film and TV roles and has starred in other award-winning movies like Yesterday, Invictus, and Hopeville. She currently can be seen in e.TV telenovela Imbewu: The Seed.

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Whoopi Goldberg (Teacher Mary Masembuko) has also enjoyed a seasoned career starring in dozens of movies, including Sister Act, Ghost, The Colour Purple, and many others. Today she is a co-host of the US talk show The View.

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Whoopi Goldberg and Leleti Khumalo of ‘Sarafina’ reunited for the 30th anniversary of the struggle film. Many wondered where Somizi is. Image via Facebook @videovisionsa

Other characters continued in the industry and are still familiar faces. They include Dumisani Dlamini (Crocodile), Sindi Dlathu (Sarafina’s student friend), Somizi Mhlongo (Fire), Baby Cele, John Kani (Principal), and Mbongeni Ngema (Sabelo).

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Meanwhile, Sarafina received a five-minute standing ovation last month at the Cannes Film Festival.

It was a full circle moment for cast and production – including acclaimed Videovision filmmaker Anant Singh – as the film had made its international debut at the festival 31 years earlier.

Leleti and Anant attended the film screening, which international distributors had picked up.

Anant said in an Instagram post: “The audience included people who were at the screening in 1992.

“I was delighted by the reaction of people who saw the film for the first time and were visibly moved”.