Bongile Mantsai was born on the 3rd of February in a small township of Kayanandi in Stellenbosch, Western Cape South Africa. Bongile Mantsai is a South African actor and dancer best known for his starring role as Poncho in the Mzansi Magic drama series Nkululeko and Mthunzi Mayiza on the etv Scandal.
Bongile Mantsai comes from a musical and Christian home. His father was
a bishop of the St Paul Apostolic church. Bongile Mantsai formed a brass band where he played the trumpet and wrote music for Acappella gospel and teaching.
In 1998, Bongile Mantsai finished his matric education, Bongile wanted to study drama but failed as SU only taught in Afrikaans. So, he couldn’t apply
because he did not speak the language. However, the zeal to study drama made Bongile approach the directors and expressed his desire to attend their lectures. Bongile Mantsai ended up joining their physical theatre which consisted of body movement and language classes; it allowed him to perform in the university’s productions.
Its been over 15 years that Bongile Mantsai been in the acting industry. Mantsai has worked with Brett Bailey and Lara Foot among others in the theatre. Bongile Mantsai is an artistic director at Zabalaza, a Baxter Theatre Centre Development Programme that
develops theatre practitioners from in and around the Western Cape.
Bongile is also known for his role as Vija in the movie Inxeba: The Wound, which won him the 2018 SAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film. On Monday, 11 June 2018 he debuted on the e.tv soapie Scandal! in the role of villain MthunziMarisaa, Mantsai is a man of many talents. He played instruments at church and composed hymns as well as songs for Acappella.
Up to date, Bongile Manstai has won several awards such as for the ITV’,best-supporting NakamaMaya In 2014 Bongile Mantsai walked away with the best lead
male actor award at the Naledi Theatre Awards. Through Inxeba in 2018, he bagged a SA Film and TV Awards (Safta) gong for best supporting the actor.