Former ‘Bophelo ke Semphekgo’ star Rinkie Tleane: Where’s Matete now?

Actress Rinkie Tleane, who is best known for her role in Bophelo ke Semphekgo hasn’t appeared on South African TV for a few years now, where is she?


The fan-favourite Sepedi actress Rinkie Tleane portrayed the role of Matete in the popular drama series, Bophelo ke Semphekgo for several years.

A photo of Tleane went viral on social media after X user @mashoto_ shared the photo of her from Instagram user @ifp007.

It is unclear what Tleane is up to as she’s kept her professional and social life private from the media and social media.

Fans of the actress are relieved that she’s still alive and predict she might be 66 years in 2024 as she was reportedly born in 1958.

Rinkie Tleane starred alongside actors Lydia Mogokoloshi and Nakedi Ribane in Bophelo ke Semphekgo.

The show was a popular Sepedi drama set in Soweto, Johannesburg in the 1980s which also featured Skeem Saam actors Sello Maake KaNcube and Patrick Shai.

Late actor Patrick Shai was known for playing the role of Nkosheng in the popular early drama on SABC. While actress Nakedi Ribane portrayed Matete’s rival Senthaolele.

Veteran actress Lydia Mogokoloshi who is known for playing Koko Mantsha in Skeem Saam played Matete’s mother-in-law, Mma-Nkosheng.

While popular actor Sello Maake KaNcube who plays Ntate Kganyago in Skeem Saam portrayed the charming character of Dr Mashobadieta.


@mashoto_: “I love how private she became what a mystery lady. Even her Instagram is private.”

@MaggyValen: “Why did I believe that she died a long time ago? OMG someone lied to me.”

@itu_nadia: “I thought she passed, glad to know that she is alive and well.”

@segomotso: “So happy that she’s still alive. I’ve Googled her before but couldn’t get any info. Thank you for sharing this pic. Wow, my childhood favourite.”

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