Thandeka Mdeliswa

Birth Name:
Thandeka Mdeliswa
Date of Birth
22 May 1986 (age 34 years)
5 September 2020 (aged 34), Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Place of Birth
Mpumalanga, South Africa
South African
Brumilda’s Acting Academy

Thandeka Mdeliswa was the South African actress.

Who Was Thandeka Mdeliswa?

Thandeka Mdeliswa, (born 22 May 1993, Mpumalanga, South Africa), was actress best known for playing the starring role of Khanya in the SABC1 drama series iKani.

Thandeka Mdeliswa education

Thandeka Mdeliswa studied acting at Brumilda’s Acting Academy.


Thandeka Mdeliswa booked her first television role in 2013, starring in an episode of the drama anthology series eKasi: Our Stories entitled “Imbiza” (Season 5, Episode 11).

Thandeka returned later in the season to play a different role, in an episode entitled “Church vs Shebeen” (Season 5, Episode 33), in which a well respected pastor finds love in a new girlfriend after his wife left him five years ago.

In 2014 she guest starred in an episode of the SABC1 docu-drama series Ngempela and the following year she starred in the telemovie The Contract, which was part of the Mzansi Magic “Lokshin Bioskop” strand. The movie first aired on 4 July, 2015.

She was also a guest star in an episode of Generations: The Legacy which aired on 11 September, 2016.

In 2018 she starred in another “Lokshin Bioskop” movie on Mzansi Magic, called Imoto Kokufa. The movie is about a young man whose desperation to own a fancy car leads him down a dangerous path when he purchases his boss’s wife’s stolen car.

In 2017, Thandeka landed her first starring role in the SABC1 drama series iKani as Khanya, a young artist who finds out that she is from an isiNdebele family despite being brought up by her aunt as a Zulu. The series premiered on Sunday 30 September, 2018.

Death and Cause of Death

Thandeka Mdeliswa died on the 5 September 2020 at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

The family statement reads as follows:

“It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our dearest daughter. She was shot in Evander, Mpumalanga on Thursday, 3 September 2020. She was immediately rushed to Evander hospital, stabilised then airlifted to Witbank after which she was transferred to Steve Biko Academic Hospital (Pretoria) as her condition was critical but stable. She passed on in the morning of the 5th September 2020 (Saturday).”