Mrs Jackie Hlungwani

Actress Leera Mthethwa plays the role of Mrs Jackie Hlungwani on the Mzansi Magic soap opera Gomora. Onscreen, Mrs Hlungani is a teacher at Gomora High School; who has a close work relationship with Principal Melusi Dlamini – the role played by Zolisa Xaluva. Mrs Jackie Hlungwani has a no-nonsense character; she calls rogue students and parents to order.

Leera Mthethwa perfected her craft over the years, and the Gomora role put her in the spotlight. She played guest roles on various dramas and soap operas, including Generations: The Legacy, Soul City, and City Ses’La.

Jackie Hlungwani on Gomora actual age

Mrs Jackie’s stature and conduct both at school and off school imply an older character in her late forties. In real life, Leera Mthethwa was born in 1991, way younger than her onscreen character; she is a mother of two and happily married. Leera holds a dual qualification, Bachelor of Arts in Live Performances – ADA and Honors in Film and Drama from the University of Pretoria.

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Leera Mthethwa is a professional television presenter, voice-over artist, and events MC, her bubbly presence light up every event she precedes. She speaks more than five languages, including fluent Afrikaans.

She conducts an off-screen show on Gomora known as Spitori with Jackie, where she asks the Gomora cast members the meaning of Pretoria spoken slang words.

Spitori or SiPitori is a language spoken by residents of Pretoria. The language is an informal language resulting from mixing mainly Sepedi and Setswana and often takes from other informal languages like Tsotsi taal, making it more complex.

Over her Spitori episodes, she has featured Melusi, Teddy, Ntokozo, MaSonto, Mazet, Tshiamo and Zodwa, and fans love the show.

Watch: Spitori with Jackie Episodes

The actress is living and slaying her childhood dream; she has always wanted to be a performer since an early age. She is inspired by the late musician Brenda Fassie and always wanted to follow in her footsteps.

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“In Grade 1, when my teacher used to ask what we wanted to be when we grew up, I’d say Brenda Fassie.” – Leera Mthethwa.


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