For all official information and updates regarding COVID-19, visit the South African Department of Health's website at


Henry Cele

Jun 18 2013 / Written by  / Published in Iconic Faces

Famous for his role as Shaka Zulu, Henry Cele embodied everything about a Zulu leader.

He was born in Durban (1949) and landed the role of Shaka in the SABC's mini series Shaka Zulu, after acting in the same role in a South African stage production of Shaka Zulu.

After his chilling performance in Shaka Zulu, he appeared in major roles in South African movies and television series programmes. He also had minor roles in such action films as Hold my hand, I'm dying and The Last Samurai.

He was married to Jennifer "Jenny" Hollander.

Prior to acting in Shaka Zulu, Cele, nicknamed "Black Cat," was a football goalkeeper. He coached a professional soccer club in South Africa until his death.

After his acting career, Cele moved from his suburban home in Glenmore, South of Durban and went back to Kwamashu township. He died in 2007.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)



SABC © 2016