Jerry Mofokeng Biography: Age, Net worth, Children, Still Alive, Family, Wife

Jerry Mofokeng (born 17 April 1956) is an actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his appearance in many critically-acclaimed films. The award-winning actor was cast in Cry, The Beloved Country and Mandela And De Klerk.

He also landed a role in the Tsotsi (2005), an Academy Award-winning film. He also has been recognized even with an honorary doctorate from the University of Free State (UFS). As an actor, he has continued to entertain South Africa and other countries in and outside Africa for many years.

Jerry Mofokeng
Jerry Mofokeng biography
Jerry Mofokeng is a legendry actor who has appeared in many productions.
Background Information
Full Name: Jerry Mofokeng
Born: 17 April 1956 (age 65 years old)
Place of Birth: Soweto
Nationality: South African
Ethnicity: Black
Parents: Dan Motlepo Makgetha (father)
Wife • Spouse: Claudine Mofokeng
Children: 5
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Director, Author
Net Worth: $972,000


Early Life

The legendary actor was born on 17 April 1956 in Soweto, a town of the City of Johannesburg, Gauteng. He grew up and spent most of his childhood days there.


In 1970, Jerry Mofokeng started his studies at Orlando West High School 1974. Later in 1976, he attended Youth Alive Ministries. He furthered his academic pursuit at Wits Drama School and studied Acting.

To further his education, he moved to the United State of Africa (USA) after he was awarded a scholarship. There, at Columbia University, he did his master’s in Theatre Directing (1987-1991).


The actor is a legend both on stage and onscreen, Jerry has appeared in many television and stage productions. Among others, he was cast in many critically-acclaimed films like Cry, The Beloved Country.

He also was cast in the film Mandela And De Klerk; in 2005, Jerry made it as cast in the film Tsotsi. Offscreen, he also is notable for the impact he has made in the entertainment industry. During those years of student unrest, he was active in the community theatre.

In the nineties, he survived through a range of sources including teaching among others. He taught at Wits and also served as an Associate Director at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre.

He was also the Chief Director of the Mpumalanga Department of Sports and Culture. At The State Theatre located in Pretoria, he worked as the Artistic Director.

He is investing time and resources in the arts and is a freelance artist. The legendary actor has many roles to his belt, he appeared in many films and television shows.

In Cry, The Beloved Country, he was cast as Hlabeni the taxi driver. He played the role of Walter Sisulu in One Man One Vote.

Thami is the role he played in Friends and he played as Hanks in Drumbeats. In Rhodes, he appeared as Induna. Other roles include Mzwakhe in Inside, Vusi in Tarzan, and Magistrate in Justice For All.

He played the role of a lawyer in Yizo Yizo and was cast as the Diviner in Bones. He played a cop called Darkie in Behind The Badge.

Jerry Mofokeng has also been the host of the program Curious Culture. Ntate was the role he played in the mini-series When We Were Black, making an appearance in 2006. He was also cast in the drama series The Mating Game as Nkosi.

In the popular soap opera titled Scandal!, he was cast as Neo Mokheti, a crime lord. In he played the starring role, Elias Matume Melema in the SABC3 sitcom Let Heaven Wait.


Jerry Mofokeng has taken home the Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting at the 2013 SAFTAs. He has also bagged the Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film.

Personal Life

Jerry Mofokeng is happily married to Claudine Mofokeng. They became a married couple, husband and wife, in June 1980. Together, they are proud parents of five children. The name of his children includes; Lerato Makhetha, Tsakane, Palesa, Mpho, and Mosa.

In February 2017, at the South Africa Film and Television Awards nomination party, he made a shocking reveal. According to him, his biological father’s name is Dan Motlepo Makgetha. He got to know when he was already 58 years old.

Social Media

The veteran entertainment personality is active on social media and there he promotes his work. He also shares pictures of his beautiful wife and allows a peep into his lifestyle.

The actor on 17 August 2021, mentioned that his book title “I Am A Man” is available on the bookshelves of all good bookstores. He has over 22.1k followers on Instagram.

Net worth

While we wait for Forbes to estimate Jerry Mofokeng’s net worth. According to Fame Ranker, he is worth $972,000 and earns a salary of $335,610.

His source of income is his acting profession, however, he also has other streams of income like writing, directing, and producing.


  • Derek Moloi in 90 Plein Street
  • Rev Mohapi in Amazing Grace
  • Host in Curious Culture
  • Hamilton Shenge in End Game
  • Talent in Heist – Season 1 & 2
  • Ntate in Isidingo
  • Elias Matume Malema in Let Heaven Wait
  • Presenter in SAFTAs – Season 8,9,13
  • Neo Mokheti in Scandal!
  • Jerry in Sober Companion
  • Joe in Soul City
  • The Djeli in The Book of Negroes
  • Mr Gwala in The Girl from St. Agnes
  • Nkosi in The Mating Game
  • Cook in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
  • Dr David Masutha in Trackers
  • Ntate in When We Were Black
  • Prosecutor in Yizo Yizo

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