Khanyi Mbau

Khanyi Mbau #Chiftatu.

Birth name Khanyisile Mbau
Born October 15, 1985
Place of birth Soweto, South Africa
Occupations Actress, Socialite, Television Personality

Khanyi Mbau (born Khanyisile Mbau, October 15, 1985) is a South African Actress, Television personality, Socialite and self-proclaimed 'Queen of Bling' who rose to fame with her role as the second Doobsie in the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango (2004-2005); and as Mbali in the SABC1 soapie Mzansi, before becoming better known as a controversial socialite.

Early LifeEdit

Mbau was born and raised by a single mom in Mofolo, Soweto. Her father was in the taxi industry and never at home, according to Mbau.

She met journalist-turned millionaire Mandla Mthembu in 2005 and the couple were married in 2006, amidst claims that Mbau was a "gold-digger" after his money. Mthembu had made a fortune when he and a business partner sued Transnet for R80-million over a tender gone wrong - and won.

Mbau claimed she was in love with the older man, but nine months later they were engaged in a bitter divorce dispute, with Mthembu himself alleging that Mbau was after his fortune.


In 2004 she replaced actress Lindiwe Chibi in the role of Doobsie on Muvhango, after Chibi was shot in the face by her boyfriend. A year later she was fired from the role, reportedly for spending too much time partying and appearing in the Sunday tabloids.

In 2006 she landed the role of Mbali on Mzansi, but was fired from that show after one season. In 2007 she played the role of Zee in the SABC1 mini-series After 9.

In 2013 she featured in the docu-reality television series Reality Check, on Also she began hosting her own talk show on the OpenView HD channel eKasi+, called Katch It With Khanyi. The show was renewed for a second season in 2014.

Khanyi Mbau

The talk show immediately took the spot as the number one talker, ousting SABC2's Motswako - which has never recovered since it moved from Mondays at 21h00.

Katch It With Khanyi debuted with a viewership of 785,000 viewers bumping Motswako from it's perch by over 30 000 viewers. During it's second season, the talk show was nominated for a 2015 SAFTA Award.[1]

Also in 2014 she had starring roles in the Vuzu sitcom Check Coast and in the third season of the anthology series Mzansi Love.


Television Roles

  1. ”Host – Herself” (Katch It With Khanyi - Season 1 and Season 2)[2]
  2. ”Zee” (After 9 - Season 1)[3]
  3. ”Pinki” (Ashes to Ashes (2015) - Season 1)[4]
  4. ”Thenjiwe” (aYeYe - Season 1)[5]
  5. ”Lerato Moloi” (Check-Coast - Season 1)[6]
  6. ”Thabiso/Thandisiwe” (eKasi: Our Stories - Season 5)[7]
  7. ”Herself “ (I Am - Season 1)[8]
  8. ”Sindisiwe Sibeko” (Like Father Like Son - Season 1)[9]
  9. ”Doobsie” (Muvhango - Season 1)[10]
  10. ”Herself” (My Perfect Family - Season 3)[11]
  11. ”Mbali” (Mzansi - Season 2)[12]
  12. ”Kgomotso” (Mzansi Love - Season 2 - Kasi Style)[13]
  13. ”Lebo Kgosi” (Mzansi Love - Season 3 - Big City Love)[14]
  14. ”Herself” (Reality Check - Season 1)[15]
  15. ”Katlego” (Scandal! - Season 1)[16]
  16. ”Mimi” (Skwizas - Season 3)[17]
  17. ”Celebrity Dancer - Herself “ (Strictly Come Dancing - Season 7)[18]
  18. ”Herself “ (The Close Up - Season 4)[19]
  19. ”Roaster - Herself “ (The Comedy Central Roast - Season 2)[20]
  20. ”Kgomotso/Busi” (The Lab - Season 1 and Season 2)[21]
  21. ”Presenter - Herself “ (The South African Film and Television Awards - Season 8)[22]
  22. ”Herself “ (Tropika Island of Treasure - Season 3 (Thailand)[23]
  23. ”Guest Judge - Herself “ (Turn It Out - Season 2 (Street Battle)[24]

Awards and NominationsEdit

  1. South African Film and Television Awards 2015[25]
       (Best Talk Show) - Katch It With Khanyi ('Nomination')
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