Nokuthula Ledwaba profiles


Nokuthula Ledwaba (born in 1983) is a well-known actress from South Africa. She is among the most talented actress the country has produced and is best known for playing Tshidi Khuse in Rhythm City.

The 39-year-old actress has remained relevant in showbiz and has appeared in over ten television series. She starred as a city girl from Soweto who is in a polygamy marriage, Dumile, in the drama series Umlilo.

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Nokuthula Ledwaba biography
Nokuthula Ledwaba is best known for her role as diva-in-the-making Tshidi Khuse on Rhythm City.
Quick Facts
Full Name:Nokuthula Ledwaba
Born:1983 (age 39 years old)
Place of Birth:Mofolo area, Soweto, Gauteng
Nationality:South African
Parents:Mavuso, Grace Vilakazi-Ledwaba
Years Active:2002-date
Known for:Tshidi Khuse on Rhythm City
Profiles:Instagram, Twitter
Net WorthR1.8 million

Early Life

Nokuthula Ledwaba was born in 1983 in Mofolo area in Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa. Her mother, Grace Vilakazi-Ledwaba, had her at a young age.

Her father, Mavuso, died when her mother was pregnant. Her mother faced the challenge of raising children at a young age. 

To make things easy, Nokuthala moved to her aunt’s and grew up in Soshanguve, Northern Pretoria.

When she was a teenager, she learned about where she came from – her family and her father. She returned to her mother and lived with her. Sadly, she lost her mother in 2015.


Ledwaba was already doing many children’s and educational theatre productions at 19. These productions toured South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Nokuthula Ledwaba appeared as wild child Lu in the soap opera Backstage. She impressed many television viewers with her role as diva-in-the-making Tshidi Khuse on the soap opera Rhythm City.

The River invited her to be a cast member in 2018, and she bagged the role of Angel and appeared in two seasons, one and two. She played Mapule in the Mzansi Magic Abomama and Thembi in the Vusu Drama Ambitions.

Nokuthula played Leah Gumede, a supportive role, in season four of the TV series Hard Copy. She also appeared in Backstage, Umlilo, and Scandal.

Ledwaba bagged a lead role as Kunta Kinte’s mother in the remake of the American mini-series Root.

The actress played a starring role of a Soweto-born city girl and a second wife, Dumile, in the drama series Umlilo.

Nokuthula was a nominee for a Golden Horn award, Best Supporting Actress in a TV Soap, at the 2009 South African Film and Television Awards.

Personal Life

Nokuthula Ledwaba is a mother of two, her firstborn, Lewatle, and her second, Sheddy. She reserves the identity of her baby daddy. She does mention him being a supportive partner when it comes to raising her first child.

During her teenage days, she suffered rejection and grew up with insecurities about her identity.

Rhythm City

Among the roles, she had played since the start of her acting career, playing Tshidi Khuse in Rhythm City made her famous. Her character was a young diva-in-the-making.

Ledwaba joined the soap opera in 2007 and has steadily risen to fame. The role earned her a nomination as the Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 South African Film and Television Awards.

Net Worth

Nokuthula Ledwaba has been in showbiz for many years. She has bagged many roles and has earned a fortune. She has an estimated net worth of R1.8 million as of October 2022.


  • Abomama as Mapule
  • Ambitions as Thembi
  • Backstage as Lu Majola
  • Hard Copy as Leah Gumede
  • Lioness as Amo Twala
  • Reyka as Portia Speelman
  • Rhythm City as Tshidi Khuse
  • Roots as Binta Kinte
  • The River as Angel
  • Umlilo as Dumile Simelane