Khanyi Mbau is a controversial South African actress, socialite and television personality.
She has gained notoriety over the years but she is perhaps best known for her relationship with Mandla Mthembu – the millionaire, who she was married to from 2006 to 2009.
Khanyi’s first claim to the spotlight arose when she joined Muvhango’s cast, replacing Lindiwe Chibi as Doobsie on the show in 2004.
The 31 year old socialite is also commonly referred to as ‘the queen of bling’.
The queen of bling has been active in South Africa’s social scene since 2004.
Khanyisile Mbau was born on the 15th of October, 1985 in Mofolo in Soweto which is in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.
Because her father was hardly at home due to his work in the taxi industry, Khanyi was mostly raised by her mother.
In 2005, Khanyi first gained national attention when she was cast as the replacement for the character –Doobsie – after the shooting of Lindiwe Chibi who initially portrayed the character on Muvhango, the SABC 2 soap opera.
However, despite being paid for the role, Khanyi Mbau’s time on the show was shortlived due to the negative publicity that always seemed to be around her.
She was officially fired from the show after she left South Africa for the Middle East without giving notice while the show was still filming.
After her stint on Muvhango, she was cast in Mzansi – a hit show on SABC 1 – as Mbali, replacing Lerato Moloisane.
However, her appearance on Mzansi was also short lived as she was fired from the show as well for also traveling without giving notice while the show was still filming.
She reportedly travelled to New York City to attend a party.
In 2006, she was cast in a small role on ‘The Lab’, a drama TV series on SABC 3.
Khanyi then joined the cast of ‘After 9’ – a drama on SABC 1 in 2007.
In 2008, she returned to the The Lab for its second season.
Khanyi Mbau appeared on the third season of famed reality show Tropika Island in 2011. This season was titled Tropika Island of Treasure Thailand and it took place in Phuket in Thailand.
Other cast members of the season included Bonang Matheba, JR, Tatum Keshwar, Dionne Song, Snotkop and Loyiso Gola.
The season was hosted by Lalla Hirayama and DJ Fresh.
She joined the show ‘Turn It Out’ as a guest judge in 2012 and in 2013, she appeared in ‘Ekasi: Our Stories’, an anthology show by e.tv.
She later played Sindisiwe Sibeko on ‘Like Father, Like Son’ – a miniseries on DSTV’s Mzansi Magic.
Still in 2013, she appeared in Reality Check, a reality show on e.tv, alongside Babalwa Mneno and Nonhle Thema.
She later launched her own talk show – Katch It With Khanyi on e.tv’s channel – ekasi+. Katch It With Khanyi was renewed for a second season.
She was of the presenter at ‘The South African Film and Television Awards’ in 2014.
Also in 2014, Khanyi Mbau appeared on the SABC 2’s sitcom ‘Skwizas’ as a guest star.
She was also one of the roasters at The Comedy Central Roast of Kenny Kunene.
Other roasters at the comedy central show included Tumi Morake, Rian van Heerden, Dineo Ranaka, PJ Powers, John Vlismas, Somizi Mhlongo and Jack Parow.
Khanyo was featured as a contestant on the Strictly Come Dancing’s seventh season. However, she was eliminated in the seventh week with her partner – Quintus Jansen.
Khanyi then joined the cast e.tv’s new telenovela, Ashes to Ashes, in 2015.
Other ‘Ashes to Ashes’ cast members include Maggie Benedict, Chumani Pan, Thabo Malema, Mandla Gaduka, Craig Urbani and Nyaniso Dzedze.
Khanyi’s personal life is something of a fixture for South African tabloids since her debut in the industry. Her partying, her plastic surgeries and her relationship with millionaires are definitely worth the gossip.
Her most famous relationship has been with Mandla Mthembu who was fifty when they first got together.
The Robben Island inmate turned millionaire married the then 20-year old Khanyi Mbau when she was four months pregnant.
Their daughter was born on the 24th of December, 2006.
After their divorce in 2009, Khanyi began dating 51 year old married millionaire – Theunis Cronus.
However, their relationship was short lived and over by January 2010.
Her next relationship was with Tebogo Lerole which surprised many as the musician was not millionaire and also within her age bracket.
Their relationship is rumored to have began in 2011. They were also reports that the couple had split by 2014.
But honestly… who can say for sure?