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Rest in Peace Uzalo's Israel Matseke Zulu

Israel Matseke Zulu (born Israel Makoe Zulu) is a South African actor, poet, singer, and dancer who is best known for playing GP in the SABC1 drama series Gaz'lam from 2002 to 2005.

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He was born in Alexandra Township, the second of five children in his family. He had aspired to be renowned since he was a child. He was involved in criminal operations from 1988 to 1994. At the age of 14, he was arrested for the first time for housebreaking and theft. He was sentenced to eight years in jail in 1996. He chose to start the Abaqobi Drama Group while serving his sentence in prison. In Hayi Kabi Magenge, his first play that he wrote and directed, he included some of the inmates and members of the VSTC based in Alexandra.


On Gomora, actor Israel Matseke Zulu portrays Don Buthelezi. Don was shot by his son, Teddy, who was played by Sicelo Buthelezi, and he departs Gomora via death. In Gomora, Don portrays an impulsive gang leader who earlier abandoned his marriage to Zodwa to live with a wealthy woman in Sandton. When the wealthy widow died, her relatives took everything away from Teddy and their daughter Sibongile (played by Nandipha Khubone), leaving them homeless.

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Don turned to Zodwa, who lives with her son Teddy, to get a roof over his head. Teddy's father, Don, abandoned him when he was a child and became obsessed with making up for lost time and regaining his son's confidence.


Don returned to Gomora, his birthplace, and tried to make ends meet by working at Bongani's Shisanyama, where Zodwa's lover worked. As the boss of a car hijacking ring, he joined a crime syndicate and took over Mamsonto's operations.

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The power struggle between Mamsonto's camp and Don's group, commanded by That, her daughter, and Don, resulted in bloodshed. Don's trusted men, Ntokozo and Stompie, conspired to lead him into a lion's den. Don cornered Ntokozo when he realized he was trapped and wanted to kill him.


He took him to the river and made him dig his own grave. Mazet arrived on the scene and battled for Don's gun, which went off, injuring Mazet and forcing her to live in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.


In Gomora, who killed Don?


Don died at the hands of his beloved Teddy, who had bought a gun to defend his mother from the violent Don. When Teddy killed his biological father, Don, he saved Ntokozo and Melusi once more.


What does Israel Matseke Zulu have planned for the future?


Israel Zulu leaves Gomora to pursue a career as an actor, but he keeps his behind-the-scenes job. Israel worked as a scene scout for the telenovela Gomora before taking on the role of Don. He searched for filming locations and was able to secure the school where Gomora was being filmed.


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