Collen Chauke Biopic: Enhle Mbali Excited About Playing A Criminal”s Wife


An excited actress, Enhle Mbali Mamphumulo expressed how much she loves having to play a part in a “rich South African story,” playing the wife of Collen Chauke.

Enhle plays the role of the wife of notorious heist-master Collen Chauke in an upcoming biopic – Enemy of The State: Collen Chauke set to release later this year.

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The upcoming film will star Enhle alongside fellow actor Mduduzi Mabaso. Other cast members include – Meshack Mavuso, Thami Mnqolo, Pearl Modiadie and musician Ntsiki Mazwai.

Enemy of The State: Collen Chauke, tells the life story of a former MK soldier and a man who was once South Africa’s most wanted criminal.

Despite the fact that he led a rough life and committed a lot of crimes, Chauke still found love. Chauke fell in love with Grace at first sight.

According to Enhle, Grace was a strong and feisty woman, who struggled to find balance in her life.

“She (Grace) is feisty and she has a ridge personality but tries to keep it tasteful. She tried to find the equilibrium between being a girl from the township; but being a girl who is smart; and not being too ghetto and uptight about life,” added Enhle.

For the most part, Enhle is excited about playing Chauke’s wife, Grace because it has availed her the opportunity to tell a story that forms part of SA’s rich history.

“We all knew the stories of Collen and how tactical his bank robberies were. It is such a rich South African story and the cast is so rich in performance. I loved the love story between Collen and Grace and wanted to be able to tell their story,” she said.

The actress also got to learn a lot from playing grace and walking in her footsteps. Apparently, the part has opened her eyes to a lot of things she never knew before now.

Thus, she said she can’t wait for the film to be released so that viewers can also get to learn one or two things from the rich story.

“Playing Grace has been lovely. It’s nice to share what kind of person she was – just how everyone wanted to be her and be like her. She was a smart girl and worked at the JSE, then that was a huge thing.”

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Collen Chauke was arrested in 1999 near the border of Swaziland. He was suspected to have been the brain behind 17 murders and several robberies worth millions of rands. He later died in 2003 while he was still serving his 20-year jail sentence.