Uzalo actor Menzi Biyela who plays the role of Pastor Sambolo Gwala said his new role on the popular SABC 1 soapie has helped him become a better father to his real-life son. The actor told Daily Sun that he was forced to move to Durban where Uzalo is shot and has now reunited with his 12-year-old son.
Fans of the actor will remember him for his recent role on Rhythm City where he played Khulekani’s bodyguard. His son Siphosethu Biyela had been living with his mother in Durban and would at times take flights to Johannesburg to meet his father as his parents are no longer together.
The actor stated: “My son was staying with his mother when I was still working in Johannesburg. He would sometimes fly to visit me in Joburg. We’re no longer together with his mother but she did a wonderful job in raising him because I notice the respect that he shows.”
The actor also told the publication that he respects single parents as raising a child comes with a lot of responsibilities. Biyela also says he’d hope his son would become a doctor or engineer but has to respect his wishes as he also wants to be an artist like him.
He often takes breaks from shooting during the day to fetch his son from school and wakes up before 6 am to make school lunches for him.
“Yah, it’s a huge challenge that I enjoy though. I just wish all fathers could support their baby mamas in raising their children because doing it alone is no child’s play.”