Manaka Ranaka Biography
Manaka Ranaka was born on 6th April 1979 in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa. She is a South African actress who stars on SABC 1’s long running soap opera, Generations, as Lucy Diale.
Manaka Ranaka Education Background
She was a student at Dinwidie high school.
Manaka Ranaka Career
In 2000 she joined the cast of Isidingo,as Nandipha Sithole, which is a popular soap opera that aired on SABC 3. Shortly after she got pregnant and when she informed the producers of the show she was fired.
She appeared in theater productions Drumstruck, On My Birthday and Torong, among others.
In 2002 she was cast on the original drama Gaz’lam as Portia which aired in SABC 1. The show aired for four seasons.
In 2003 she was cast on original sitcom, Stokvel as Lerata Khumalo which aired on the SABC 2.She appeared in all eight seasons.
In 2005 she appeared on the episode titled “Media in South Africa/Vaginas/A Moment with… Suze Randall” of the seventh season of the documentary series, SexTV.
In 2006 she appeared on the first season of One Way, as Nozuko, which aired on SABC 3. Also she she had a supporting role in Vinolia Ntuli, as Tshisa, that aired on SABC 1.
In 2007 she appeared on the fourth season of Home Affairs as Neli. She also starred in the SABC 1 drama series, Society, where she portrayed the character of Ayanda.
In 2012 Manaka Ranaka had a recurring role on the e.tv soap opera, Rhythm City, where she portrayed the character of Zanele Kgaditse – the wife of villainous Rocks Kgaditse.
In 2013 she starred alongside Seputla Sebogodi, Baby Cele and Thami Afrika in the Mzansi Magic/ Mzansi Wethu soap opera, Zabalaza.
In December 2014 she was cast on the Generation; The Legacy as Lucy Diale. This was after the cast the mass dismisal of ‘Generations 16’..
Manaka Ranaka Awards
2007: She won the South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for Best Actress in a Television Comedy.
Manaka Ranaka Age
She was born on 6th April 1979.
Manaka Ranaka Family
Manaka Ranaka is a mother of two daughters. Her little sister is the famed radio DJ and television personality Dineo Ranaka; and lesser known sister, Nompumelelo “Mpumi” Ranaka-Malchartzeck.
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Manaka Ranaka Husband – Manaka Ranaka Family
Manaka is a mother to two daughters who were born of different fathers. Her elder daughter is named Kagiso, and her younger daughter – Lesedi. She has no husband. She dated her boyfriend- Thabo Monareng for a while. This relationship caused quite a scandal since her boyfriend is nine years younger than herself.
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Niyezwa na eLibya. Is this what Allah wants vele. For you to sell other kids like toys!?! Is… https://t.co/GUwHhKuwEW
— Manaka Ranaka (@ManakaRanaka) November 29, 2017
Manaka Ranaka News: Manaka Ranaka on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s documentary
The Legacy actress Manaka Ranaka was, like a lot of Mzansi, left spitting mad after a documentary on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life was recently screened.
The tell-all documentary,Winnie, premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival last year and was aired on local screens last week ahead of Ma Winnie’s funeral.
Among one of the most explosive moments in the documentary is when Winnie speaks about being hauled in front of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the 1990s. It was here that Desmond Tutu called on her to apologise for her alleged part in the disappearance and murder of “apartheid police spies”. Ma Winnie’s reaction to this had many people’s blood boiling and claiming Tutu had let the mother of the nation down.
Manaka was one of those left shocked by the documentary and she took to social media to vent her frustration and demand answers from the religious leader.
Sharing the clip, Manaka wrote: “Let the truth be told. Tutu, why? ANC, why?”
She added that she had always believed Ma Winnie and said she was “just glad the truth is finally coming out.”
“People must speak truth now, not when it is so late. I am more furious because if I knew something I would have spoken, even today. I am hated for truth and I am at peace with that. Yho this is so sad.”
In fact, Manaka was so angry, she walked out of the room before the documentary ended.
“This moment got me walking out the auditorium out of so much anger and rage. I’m so angry at my elders. This doccie just confirmed a lot I was speculating / suspecting/ assuming.”
She responded to a followers claim that Tutu didn’t know the full truth back in the 90s and was working with what he had.
“Have you watched the doccie? He must answer our questions. And what facts do you have that he was not involved in the character assassination of Mama Winnie? Thugs get judged at court don’t they. So what do you suggest we do then?”
When it was suggested that an open dialogue be started with Tutu to find out what he knew, Ranaka rejected the idea.
“My darling, the doccie says it all for me. I need not open no dialogue with a puppet. I have no respect for people, elders in particular who have no reasoning capacity. Was he at any of Mamas memorials? If not then it says a lot about his consciousness and his remorse. A tweet is just not enough for someone you claimed to love.”