Letoya Makhene (born 7 September 1984) is a South African actress, singer and TV personality. She is well known for acting in South Africa's famous soap operas, Isidingo and Generations.[1]

Letoya Makhene
Lerato Makhene

(1984-09-07) 7 September 1984 (age 35)
NationalitySouth African
OccupationSinger, actress, television personality
Years active2000s – present
Notable work
Generations:The Legacy


Makhene also was a host in Idols South Africa in the first season.[2] She trained for several months to be a traditional healer but stopped her practice and went on to work in Generations the Legacy.[3] Her role is the notorious gangster wife of Kumkani Phakade aka "Gadaffi".[4]

Music careerEdit

She has also made appearances in the music industry from the age of seven as one of Brenda Fassie's backup singers. She also has worked with DJ Cleo in their song "The One",[5] and also worked with DJ Qness in their song "I Get Weak"[6] and in 2016 has released solo songs and is preparing a solo debut album.[7] In 2016, DJ Chynaman featured Makhene in the song "Keep on Trying".


show or soap Years active
Idols SA 2003-2003
Isidingo [2]
Generations the legacy 2014–2019

Traditional healerEdit

Letoya left the screen in 2003 to take an eight-month training course at an initiation school to become a sangoma but after a while she put her sangoma duties to one side until she can find a safe place for her practice.[3]

Other mediaEdit

Letoya has appeared in both issues of Bona and True Love magazine.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Letoya Makhene | TVSA". www.tvsa.co.za. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Inside Letoya Makhene's sangoma journey". Channel 24. April 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Generations Actress Letoya Makhene Puts Her Sangoma Duties on Hold". Sowetanlive Retrieved 29 July 2016
  4. ^ Lewis, Errol (28 December 2014). "South African Soap 'Generations' Re-titled". Soap Opera Network. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  5. ^ "The One by DJ Cleo Feat. Letoya Makhene". shazam.com. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Letoya Makhene collaborates with DJ Qness". 2 February 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ RABA, BUCHULE. "Letoya Makhene finds love again – SundayWorld". sundayworld.co.za. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  8. ^ Hlongwane, Sefiso. "Letoya Makhene puts her sangoma duties on hold for 'safety' reasons". Times LIVE. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Letoya Makhene: "I should have walked away when he spat at me". 27 March 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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