Gomora Israel Matseke-Zulu

Israel Matseke-Zulu opened up about not getting a thank you from MacG. Images via Instagram @israelmatsekezulu

Israel Matseke-Zulu on his tough upbringing in SA’s ‘real Gomora’ [watch]

Actor Israel Matseke-Zulu took to his Instagram, opening up about his upbringing in Alexandra aka Gomora. Take a look…

Gomora Israel Matseke-Zulu

Israel Matseke-Zulu opened up about not getting a thank you from MacG. Images via Instagram @israelmatsekezulu

Popular actor Israel Matseke-Zulu took to his Instagram account recently to discuss his upbringing in his hometown Alexandra, aka Gomora, and his wish to inspire the youth.  

The fan-favourite actor also shared on his social media accounts that he was part of the #MadeStrong campaign for a coffee brand.  

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Seasoned actor Israel Matseke-Zulu told his Instagram followers that he grew up in Alexandra (also known as Gomora) with his sister, mother, and grandmother and it’s because of them that he hasn’t given up on life.  

“I grew up with my sis holding hands when going to school, eating from the same plate till I got arrested, in and out of prison, even after all that she never gave up on me till today, that’s what keeps me strong.”  

The star says the three women were instrumental in his life and stood by him through thick and thin.  

“It is because of my sister, mother, and grandmother that I am still alive and strong in my resolution to make sure I give back to this community that raised me and to be an example to young boys and girls. With this, l beg you to listen to your parents, to never lose faith, and to work hard to achieve your dreams.”  

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Matseke-Zulu made headlines earlier in 2021 when he exited Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Gomora due to him struggling to film scenes caused by his inability to walk.

He also confirmed to Tshisalive that he had his leg amputated due to his battle with gangrene.  

“When I arrived there I was admitted and the same night my leg was cut [off] and the next morning I was free from pain until today. I’m very happy the pain is gone … I even forget that my leg is cut. Sometimes I fall, my mind always says to me you are healed, you are fresh, my mind never accepted what happened.”  

The popular actor also said losing his leg didn’t affect his confidence as he’s irreplaceable.

“My status, my craft will never be matched by anyone. I’m irreplaceable and irresistible. I’m like one of the icons, Nelson Mandela, Lebo Mathosa, Brenda Fassie, Mandoza.” 

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