Fana Mokoena biography, profile, education, age, family

Fana Mokoena (born Lehlohonolo Goodwill Mokoena; 13 May 1971 in Kroonstad, Free State) is a popular face in the South African movie industry. The actor is also active in politics and has held several notable positions.

In August 2016, he became a Member of the National Assembly of South Africa. After serving under that capacity for 4 years, he left the position in October 2020.

Earlier in May 2014, he became a permanent delegate to the National Council of Provinces. Serving under the position for two years, he left in August 2016.

Mokoena is a party member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party. In the political party, he holds the position of the EFF’s central command team.


Fana Mokoena biography
NameLehlohonolo Goodwill Mokoena
Other namesFana Mokoena
Born13 May 1971 (age 50 years)
BirthplaceKroonstad, Free State
NationalitySouth African
EducationTheatre and Performance
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town (UCT)
ParentsLate Karabelo Israel Mokoena (father)
Arcillia Mekodi Morailane (mother)
ProfessionActor Politician
PartyEconomic Freedom Fighter (EFF)


His date of birth is on 13 May 1971, in Kroonstad, the third-largest city in the Free State, South Africa.

Fana Mokoena (50) grew up in Johannesburg under the care of his biological mother and stepfather. He has three siblings.


Fana Mokoena had his education at Woodmead School where he developed an interest and love for arts.

He furthered his academic pursuit at the University of Cape Town (UCT). At the higher institution, he studied for a BA degree in Theatre and Performance.


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In 1993, Fana kicked off his acting career and appeared on the screen. The same year, he landed a role on The Line, a South African series.

Another acting role followed in 1997, he played a small role in the thriller Dangerous Ground. Portraying the role of general Augustin Bizimungu in the popular 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda.

He was cast as Jaws Bengu in The LAB in 2006. Fana played the role for three years until 2009. In 2008, he landed another small role in another series Silent Witness.

In 2010, Fana was cast in another South African drama – A Small Town Called Descent.

In the following year, he played the role of John Garang in Machine Gun Preacher.

The year 2012 saw him land another role in an American action thriller Safe House alongside popular actor Denzel Washington.

In the following year, 2013, she appeared alongside the popular American actor Brad Pitt in World War Z

He was cast as Thierry Umutoni in the zombie blockbuster movie. Another notable role he played was as Govan Mbeki, an anti-apartheid fighter in the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.


His biological mother’s name is Arcillia Mekodi Morailane. She was detained in 1976 in solitary confinement for three months awaiting trial.

She is a political heavyweight and to a great extent influenced Mokoena’s participation in politics.

He had a junior brother late Karabelo Israel Mokoena. Fana has other younger siblings including Tlotlisang Dipallo Charity Xulu and Mamello Blessings Relebohile Mokoena. His late step-father is Elias Bhuti Mokoena.


He was a member of the current ruling political party in the South Africa African National Congress (ANC). He couldn’t stand the level of corruption in the party, as he believed, so he left.

After he left ANC, he then became a member of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Currently, he serves as a member of the EFF’s Central Command Team.

In 2014, he became Fana became a member of the National Council of Provinces, the upper house of the Parliament of South Africa. He served under the capacity for two years leaving in 2016.

In 2016, he was appointed to serve as a member of the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly. He occupied the position and served as a member from Free State.

Fana Mokoena has returned to the entertainment industry. He is now into writing and producing.


1999GenerationsDr. Mandla Sithole
199352 Regent EastLead
1994The LineTebogo
1997Dangerous GroundYouth
1999Jump the GunMan in shacks
2004In My CountryMandla
2004Hotel RwandaGeneral Bizimungu
2006-2009The LABJaws Bengu
2008Silent WitnessKatembula
2008-2010Wild at HeartMr Ekotto
2010A Small Town Called DescentCaptain James Sikobi
2010State of ViolenceBobedi
2011Machine Gun PreacherJohn Garang
2010HopevilleMogapi Khobane
2011Man on GroundTimothi
2011Inside Story Goodwill
2012Safe House Officer in charge
2013World War ZThierry Umutoni
2013Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomGovan Mbeki
2013Cold HarbourSpecialist
2015The CallSibongiseni
2015The Book of NegroesAllasane

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