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Vuyo Biyela (Mlilo Hlophe) from The River allegedly gets married

South African award-winning actor Vuyo Biyela, who played Mlilo Hlophe in The River appears to have gotten married in a lavish wedding ceremony.

The talented actor Vuyo Biyela shared photos and videos of himself on his Instagram account on Tuesday, 6 June seemingly getting married to an unknown woman.

Vuyo Biyela (Mlilo Hlophe)

Biyela captioned his post: “Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction. Two weeks ago my love story began. ♥️

Vuyo Biyela (Mlilo Hlophe)

I took a huge step in my life and what a beautiful way to do it. @suitability_ you outdid yourself with the venue and decor izandla zidlula ikhanda. To everyone who came through thank you very much. God Bless You. 💍”

Vuyo Biyela (Mlilo Hlophe)

But fans of The River star are still puzzled by his wedding pictures and videos and as there appear to be no guests at his wedding. Biyela’s fans predict he was shooting a music video shoot or is promoting a brand as there appear to be no family members present.

Vuyo Biyela (Mlilo Hlophe)


The talented actor Vuyo Biyela, who played fan-favourite character Mlilo Hlophe in The River exited the telenovela in May. His character got killed by Lindiwe Dlamini (Sindi Dlathu).

Biyela who received a Royalty Soapie Award for his role told Drum in July 2022 that it’s only by the grace of God that he is on such a big show eight months after getting into the industry.

“People were saying hurtful things on social media, but I had to soldier on. I come from a theatre background, so the style of acting is different, and I had to tone it down for TV. I get where the viewers were coming from, they had their faves they wanted to see more of,” he says.

“Also, we came in as the new family in a show that is already five seasons in. Viewers have an understanding of how each character behaves and so the shock factor also played a part. But some of the comments were not just about not liking the characters. Some were becoming tribalistic and feeding into stereotypes about Zulu people being violent, loud, and barbaric. The truth is, the establishment is never easy.”


In other news – Interesting things to know about Thembinkosi Lorch’s ex-girlfriend, Nokuphiwa Mathithibala

South African soccer star who plays for Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana, Thembinkosi Lorch made headlines on Tuesday, 6 June, when he was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Nokuphiwa Mathithibala.

Nokuphiwa Mathithibala and Thembinkosi Lorch

The former couple made headlines in September 2020 when Sunday World reported that Lorch was arrested for physically assaulting Mathithibala. Lorch – who currently shares a one-year-old baby with actress Natasha Thahane – was arrested on 7 September 2020 and granted immediate bail in the amount of R2 000. Learn More

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