Sicelo Buthelezi, who plays the role of Teddy on the Mzansi Magic drama series Gomora has introduced his mother in a viral video, and fans agree they look like identical twins. Popularly known for his role on Gomora as Zodwa’s son, Sicelo struggles to shake off the tag as his onscreen character slowly takes over off-screen life.
The award-winning actor, Sicelo has more to offer than portraying a school going teenager Teddy Zondo on Gomora. He is an established musician whose music career is equally fruitful as his professional acting journey. Having tried to keep his private life off social media, Teddy finally showed off his real-life mother and vowed Mzansi. Fans pointed out mother and son facial similarities and referred to Sicelo as a twin copy of his mother.
Posting a video that looked like a tribute, Teddy from Gomora was caught live recording his mother, who responded by waving hands at the camera ‘a sweet moment’. The video was followed by a poll where 90% of fans voted that the pair looked, identical twins.
Teddy on Gomora
Sicelo debuts Gomora as Zodwa Zondo and Don Buthelezi’s son, born with fetal alcohol syndrome, which caused him to be a slow learner. His mother, Zodwa, is a recovering alcoholic who struggles to put food on the table. Teddy was adopted by the Dlamini family (Melusi and Gladys) when his mother enrolled at a rehabilitation centre. He grew up with an absent father who showed up later in his life and tried to play catch for the lost time.
Sicelo Buthelezi quickly became a fan favourite and won an Outstanding Newcomer Awards at the 2020 Royalty Soapie Awards. Teddy’s quick rise to stardom was written in the stars, having graduated from Market Theatre Laboratory in Joburg, where he had trained as a theatre performer.
He received a call that he had bagged a role on Gomora, a show which was replacing Isithembiso on Mzansi Magic.
Recalling the moment, Sicelo revealed that his friend assured him that his life was about to change.
‘I remembered when I received a call that I got the role, my best friend just said, your life is about to change.’ I knew how big the show would be because it was replacing Isithembiso on Mzansi Magic.