Gabisile Tshabalala (born on June 20th, 1990) is a 32 year-old actress and TV presenter who rose to fame for playing the roles of Pinkie Mojeki in Hola Mpinji and Sylvia in Intersexions. She has been married to Sacha Maswa Kongolo since 2015.
For more than a decade, Gabisile has been active in the entertainment industry. She has been featured in several popular TV series, including Scandal and Housewives. In recent years, she has become well known for her TV presenting roles, having served as the co-host of Moja Love’s Lovey Dovey and Stena Redemption on e.tv’s eVOD channel.
How Old is Gabisile Tshabalala?
Gabisile Tshabalala is 32 years old. Her birthdate is June 20th, 1990. The former Scandal actress grew up in Soshanguve in Pretoria, South Africa, where she was raised by her grandparents. Tragically, she lost her father when she was little. And after her mother remarried, she moved in with her alongside her two siblings.
Despite relocating with her mother, Gabisile maintained her close relationship with her grandparents. While growing up, she never felt her father’s absence as her stepfather showered her and her siblings with love. He was an outgoing person who helped Gabisile Tshabalala to overcome shyness and gain self-confidence.
Gabisile Tshabalala’s Educational Qualifications
Gabisile enrolled at The Glen High School in 2004. While there, she wasn’t serious about attending classes, instead, she got engaged in extramural activities such as cheerleading, singing, and athletics. After acquiring a Matric Certificate, she started attending ATS Helicopter as she desired to be an air hostess.
During such time, Gabisile Tshabalala also enrolled in performance classes at the State Theatre in Pretoria. Eventually, she dropped out of ATS Helicopter to fully focus on theatre.
Hola Mpinji Shot the Actress to Stardom
While attending theatre classes, the Soshanguve-born saw the advertisement for auditions for the South African Broadcasting Corporation youth drama series Hola Mpinji. She went to the audition and landed the starring role of Pinkie Mojeki in the SABC2 drama series in 2010.
Interestingly, Gabisile Tshabalala’s outstanding performance in the series bagged her SAFTA Golden Horn nomination for Best Supporting Actress in TV Soap in 2011.
Later in 2012, she was cast as Sylvia in the SABC1 drama series, Intersexions. With these two roles, Gabilise was able to catch the interest of TV series producers as more roles kept coming her way. She had the role of Cindi Shabangu in another SABC1 drama series, Fallen. Then in 2013, she joined the cast of Scandal and portrayed the character of Gontse from 2013 to 2015.
Gabilise abruptly left Scandal, and her sudden departure fueled the speculation that she was fired from the show. However, the 32 years old actress disclosed that her contract was terminated after she notified the show’s producer that she was expecting. Meanwhile, in 2014, she played the recurring role of Moya in the first season of Single Guys.
Gabisile Tshabalala moved on to score a guest starring role in the Mzansi Magic series, Kota Life Crisis, also in 2014. In that same year, she featured as Samantha in Generations. The adroit TV presenter further had the role of Poppy in Silent Chase in 2016, and later in 2022, she joined the cast of The Black Door as Boniswa.
She Played a Lead Role in Housewives
In late 2021, the gorgeous TV personality debuted on the TV series, Housewives as Lawrencia, aka Lolo. She never knew she was given a lead role until she opened her script. And it got her elated. She played the lead together with Sive Mabuya and Angela Lieveaux.
The home-grown drama series was launched on the e.tv streaming platform, eVOD. It follows the story of three women whose husband was killed, and they subsequently plunged into financial ruin. The women later reinforced to take down the drug cartel that killed their husband.
Gabisile Tshabalala Has Had Many Presenting Gigs
After going on two years hiatus to focus on her family after the termination of her contract on Scandal, Gabisile Tshabala bagged a TV presenting role on SABC1. She co-hosted Throw Back Thursday with comedian Skhumbuza Hlophe, professionally known as Skhumba. The show ran for two seasons on the TV station, from 2017 to 2018.
Furthermore, Gabisile T hosted TMI on Moja Love in 2020. The SAFTA Award nominee served as the presenter of the Stena Redemption Show on the eReality channel the next year. Then in 2022, she debuted as the co-host of the reality TV series, The Lovey Dovey along with Somizi Mhlongo on Moja Love.
The reality dating and love show featured 15 contestants looking for love and living under one roof. The show’s winners were to get the wedding of their dreams and take home prize money of R500,000. The actress had a lovey-dovey vibe with Somizi on the reality show and was glad to have worked alongside the TV legend. On Instagram Live, she hosts her own show, Around Africa with Gabi.
Is Gabisile Tshabalala Still Married?
Gabisile Tshabalala and her husband, Sacha Maswa Kongolo, have been together since 2014. She met her heartthrob, reportedly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2014. The two were said to have met at e.tv where Sacha was working as a security provider at the time. The lovely couple married in 2015, though they allegedly traveled to DRC to have another traditional wedding ceremony.
While dating, Sacha made it known to Gabisile that he had three children from his previous relationships. At 24 years old, the actress didn’t imagine herself raising three kids from another woman. As a result, she wanted to walk away from the relationship. But, remembering how her stepfather loved her unconditionally, she decided to continue the romantic affair.
Gabisile T and her husband seem to be happily married. Even though the actress is said to be in her second marriage, there are vague details regarding her alleged first marriage.
How Many Children Does Gabisile Tshabalala Have?
Gabisile Tshabala is a proud mother of five. She adopted her husband’s three children―Sam, Samilia, and Shadrack soon after entering into a relationship with him. In 2015, the couple had their first child together, a daughter named Sanchia. Later in 2020, Gabisile Tshabalala and her husband welcomed their second child.
Their son, Santi, was born during the lockdown, and it wasn’t an easy experience for the media personality. Over the past years, she and her husband have been fostering close bonds among their children. And presently, they have grown into a tight-knit blended family.