Gomora Star Melusi Biography, Age, Family, Career, Education, Wife, Children, House, TV Roles And Net Worth
Zolisa Xaluva is a South African actor popular for portraying Jason on soapie Generations and currently playing Melusi on Gomora. Becoming a fan favourite from the first time he steps into the spotlight, he never fails to leave viewers attracted. As he is a force to count with, it is imperative to bring his life to light.
Zolisa Xaluva was born on 13 June 1981, in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth
Eastern Cape, South Africa. He is 41 years old this year 2021. His family moved to Johannesburg when he was 11. The family later moved to Pretoria to be with extended family.
Zolisa Xaluva’s parents are Thando and Nombuyiselo Xaluva and he is the third of four children
Zolisa Xaluva matriculated in Pretoria. For a few years after matric he majored in Media Studies and Communication Science at Technikon Witwatersrand . He dropped out of the course with one year to go, due to financial difficulties. To make ends meet he tried to form a campus radio station for Technikon Witwatersrand but he was turned down as he was no longer a student there.
So he went back to Port Elizabeth where he joined an arts and culture group which toured schools, performing plays for schoolchildren. He later returned to Pretoria and studied drama at Technikon Pretoria, graduating in 2003.
After leaving Pretoria Tech he struggled to find acting work, so enrolled in a drama class and got an agent at the same time. Within six months he had landed his first television role – the minor role of Lwazi on the third season of the SABC1 drama series Tsha Tsha, in 2004/5.
After another period of unemployment Xaluva landed the role of Jason – a creative genius in the world of advertising – on South Africa’s most-watched television show, the SABC1 soapie Generations, in late 2005.
Initially hired for a six-episode run, his character proved popular and his contract was extended first to three months, then to a year. He ended up spending 19 months on the show, during which time his character developed a relationship with his colleague Cleo Khuzwayo, which ended when she accused him of raping her.
He was given time off from Generations in early 2006 to shoot the fourth season of Tsha Tsha. His character in Tsha Tsha – Lwazi Mboweni – became a leading character in Season 4, providing Xaluva with his first leading role in television.
The fourth season of Tsha Tsha was broadcast from 5 May to 27 October, 2006.
After returning to Generations when filming of Tsha Tsha 4 ended, Xaluva learned that Cleo (played by Linda Sokhulu) was leaving the show, and he decided to follow suit.
He filmed his last episode of Generations in October 2006, which was broadcast in January 2007. Xaluva risen on television in 2008 in the e.tv soapie Rhythm City, playing the manager of Hip Hop MC HHP, who was playing himself in an 11-episode story arc.
He plays the role of Khutso, a friend of the title character, in the SABC1 mini-series uGugu no Andile (Gugu and Andile), from June to July, 2008. He portrayed Diamond on the Mzansi magic The Queen season 2 and season 3.
In 2020, he landed the role of a school principal, Melusi in Mzansi Magic telenovela Gomora
So far, there is not much info revealed about his wife. However, in 2012, it was rumoured that the actor was seeing a model by the name Zizipho Phoswa, who claimed that he was the father of their baby. But, it was later discovered that the baby was not his through a paternity test. So, no information is available about Zolisa Xaluva and his wife.
Information about his house has appeared in the news lately since he has been ordered by a court to pay rent arrears. He is reported to be living in a posh house whose owner is diseased. He bought the house in 2018. The house belonged to Jon Rosenberg Estates before purchasing it on a lease contract.
Melusi TV Roles
- Generations– Season 1 as Jason
- Gomora – Season 1 as Melusi
- Hustle (2016) – Season 1 as Bra X
- Igazi – Season 2 as Uncle Luvo
- Rhythm City – Season 1 as HHP’s Manager
- The Queen – Season 2 & 3 as Diamond Mabuza
- The South African Music Awards – Season 19 as Presenter
- The Throne – Season 1 as Sello
- Tsha Tsha – Season 3 & 4 as Lwazi Mboweni
- Tshisa – Season 2 as Fashion Photographer
- uGugu no Andile – Season 1 as Khutso
- Zabalaza (2013) – Season 2 & 3 as Sydney Lwana
Melusi Net Worth
Recently, the actor makes headlines for covering behind in making house payments. As he collects a huge amount of arrears, the court orders him to pay up or risk losing his home. Zolisa lives the lush life and resides in a posh house which belonged Jon Rosenberg Estates prior to purchasing it on a lease contract.
Despite all this house drama, the actor makes a pretty dollar from feature films and acting roles in local drama series. With all things going his way now, Zolisa is worth $700 000.