Why we can't get enough of Israel Matseke Zulu

Nobody plays a gangster role better than Israel

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:46 PM  | Israel Matseke Zulu  | Top of The

Why we can't get enough of Israel Makoe

There are many reasons why we want more of Israel Matseke Zulu on our TV screens, but one reason that comes top of mind is because he's one of the best actors to play the role of a gangster whether it be on a TV show or in a film.

You are probably wondering why Israel now uses two last names, Matseke Zulu and no longer using Makoe which is the surname we were used to.

Well, allow us to give you a bit of schooling. Israel grew up using his mother's last name Matseke up until he was in grade 9 and when his mother got married, the actor started using his step-father's last name Makoe. Now, as a grown man Israel decided to use his late father's last name Zulu, that's why today he is known as Israel Matseke Zulu.

Going back to why we can't get enough of Israel...born in Alexandra Israel rose above all the hardships and managed to escape the life of gangsterism as he turned over a new leaf and began acting.

We first got introduced to this actor when he appeared on youth drama series Yizo Yizo as an imprisoned gang leader who caused havoc in prison.

Although we all know being in prison is not child's play, but he managed to make it look cool with his amazing acting skills.

One of the reasons we continue to watch and enjoy Thembi Seete's music video for her song  Nkaiketsang after so many years is because it also featured Israel.

Why we can't get enough of Israel Matseke

After his role on Yizo Yizo, Israel's acting career went straight to the top.

He played the role of GP in Gaz' Lam, an educational drama series which explored relationships which were affected by HIV/AIDS.

He was Tsotsi's father in Oscar award-winning film, Tsotsi, and impressed all movie lovers with his role of a gang leader called Skroef in the movie iNumber Number alongside talented actors such as Warren Masemola and Sdumo Mtshali.

Why we can't get enough of Israel Makoe

Did you know that Israel is a director for the Alexander based theater group Ishoshovo? Well, now you know.

In 2015 we saw Israel doing what he does best in e.tv's drama series Z'bondiwe as he played the role of Jakes Masilo. In November 2016 he kept Mzansi Magic's soapie Isibaya viewers on the edge of their seats as he played the role of Cyprian Gumbi.

He went out of his comfort zone a bit last year also when he played the role of a disabled father who was blind on iSthunzi.

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Some might argue that Israel is a type-cast actor now, but hey, if you're good at playing a gangster why change?

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