Biography: Lunga John Radebe on his career and life, Imbewu, Ingozi and Skeem saam

Lunga John Radebe is a South African actor, singer and writer. Best known for playing Mr Clive Masemola on Imbewu the Seed. He is also one of the writers on Skeem Saam.

So, in this article we will cover Lunga Rabede and his full life. Before we start, note that Lunga is very private and there only fragments of his pictures that can be found anywhere. He has one inactive Facebook account and no other active social media or biography online. So his pictures are rare.

Full biography: Lunga John Radebe

A picture of Lunga John Radebe who played Mr. Clive on Imbewu and Mongezi on Ingozi
A picture of Lunga John Radebe who played Mr. Clive on Imbewu and Mongezi on Ingozi

Full name: Lunga John Radebe
Known as: Lunga Radebe
Date of birth: Unknown
Age (estimate): 46
Place of birth: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
Education: Witswatersrand University (Honours in Dramaturgy), Columbia University (Master’s degree in Dramaturgy), AFDA Film School (scriptwriting)
Occupation: Actor, singer, writer and playwright
Known for: Clive Masemola on Imbewu
Height: 1.82 (estimate)
Spouse: Unknown
Children: Unknown
Net worth: R5 million to R7 million
Nationality: South African

Early life

John Lunga Radebe is a South African actor, writer and singer. Known famously for playing Clive Masemola on Imbewu. While his career is known to a great deal. His private life is a Ghost town. The actor was born in Soweto, Johannesburg.

He still lives in Johannesburg but not in Soweto. However, we don’t know if Lunga Radebe has siblings or not. Moreover, we don’t know his childhood nor what propelled him to Drama. Let alone his girl friend or wife? Such details are rarer than diamonds for the actor..

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Education

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy from Columbia University, New York. Finishing his thesis in 2015. Moreover, the Thesis is still on their website. In which he stressed the importance of township dramaturgy in South Africa. Saying township plays created post 1994 seem to have less significance than those before. Arguing that they should be of somewhat the same value.

He has trained under such esteemed theatre practitioners as Anne Bogart, Gregory Mosher, and Arnold Aronson to name a few. Lunga has worked as an actor and writer for both the stage and television. So, he has an extensive resumé of work in theatre. He also studied scriptwriting at AFDA Film School.

Personal life

Not much is known of his personal life. In fact much of his private life is almost blank. His facebook has only one post and so are his other social media accounts. So, we can’t say if he has or doesn’t have a wife or children. Let alone assume his sexuality. We just don’t know enough yet about Lunga Radebe. What we do know is that he currently lives in Johannesburg.

Height

You may have seen him on Imbewu being all tall and giant. And wondered how tall Lunga Radebe is? Well, even though his agency if he has any did not provide his height. It can be approximated from his pictures in relation to people whose height is known. By those estimates we get a height of up to 1.82m tall. So, he is quite tall a man.

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Networth

His net worth is unknown as of this day. However, estimates close in around R5 million to R7 million. They mostly take account of the work he does, acting and writing. And, some of the assets he is known to have amassed as of that time. But here? The number is highly unreliable but it’s a reasonable estimate.

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Career:

Writing

As a playwright his works include The Trumpeter, Lucid Inverval, Blues for Tsheleng and Avalon: A New Township Play, which played in New York and had a tour of the UK in 2014. Lunga has also written for the television series Zone 14, Rhythm City and Skeem Saam.

Theatre

As an actor, Lunga has been especially prolific in theatre, with numerous productions to his credit.

A picture with Lunga John Radebe (behind the desk towards the door) and a fellow actor bts of Ingozi
Lunga John Radebe who plays Mongezi Ndamase (left) and his Co stars from Ingozi

These include Love, Crime and Johannesburg; I Need a Gun Mampatile; Armed Response; Much Ado About Nothing; The Dead Politician; The Seagull; and his own play, Avalon: A New Township Play.

Television

Television series he has acted in include the soapies Backstage and Muvhango; and the dramas Zero Tolerance, Mtunzini and Izingane zoBaba.

Lunga John Radebe who plays Mongezi Ndamase (left) and his Co stars from Ingozi
Lunga John Radebe who plays Mongezi Ndamase (left) and his Co stars from Ingozi

In 2018 he landed his first starring role in television when he replaced Jet Novuka in the role of Mongezi Ndamase for the second season of the SABC1 drama series Ingozi.