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‘Gomora’: Israel Matseke-Zulu loses his leg after struggle with gangrene


Dec 12, 2021

Legendary actor Israel Matseke-Zulu, who played Don on Gomora has allegedly lost his leg following his struggle with gangrene.   

Matseke-Zulu recently (October) confirmed he had to exit the popular telenovela due to his illness.  

Also read: ‘Gomora’ viewers are counting down to Israel Matseke Zulu’s (Don) exit

Appreciation Tweet to Our own Legend, Israel Matseke Zulu pic.twitter.com/nhUkbrgnX2

— Morai_N (@dnkoni) December 12, 2021


Multi-award-winning actor Israel Matseke-Zulu reportedly just had one of his legs amputated.  

An article in Sunday World has revealed that a source close to the actor said that he had an operation at a Sandton hospital two weeks ago.   

Matseke-Zulu who’s been open about his struggle with gangrene, also revealed in several interviews that he asked Gomora producers to let him go.   

He said he was struggling to get around on set and was using a wheelchair during his last scenes.  

The publication also adds that Matseke-Zulu spoke to them on Friday (10 December) and confirmed the operation on his right leg. 

He also said he was recovering from the surgery and he is surrounded by his loved one’s at home.

Also read: ‘I’m sick, I can’t walk’: Israel Matseke-Zulu reveals why he exited ‘Gomora’

Let’s appreciate him while his still alive and one of the coolest guy I got a chance of meeting

Manene Namanenekazi..
Israel Matseke Zulu#slemac pic.twitter.com/yGGImRWXYU

— Sle051 (@Macauzza) December 4, 2021


Fans of the veteran actor were devasted when Don got killed last month on Gomora.  

The show also paid a subtle tribute to Matseke-Zulu this past week in its storyline with his on-screen son Teddy (Sicelo Buthelezi).  

In the episode, Teddy is seen polishing his father, Don’s shoes as a way of dealing with his recent grief.  

A source from the telenovela also hinted that producers are toying with the idea of bringing his character back next year (2022) after he makes full recovery.  

“The man is a legend and Gomora needs him.”

“He has the full and unwavering support of his family and friends.”  

Matseke-Zulu’s character crippled his co-star’s character, Mazet before he got shot and killed by his baby mama, Zodwa (Sannah Mchunu).  

Don shot and crippled Mazet (Siphesihle Ndaba) who is now in a wheelchair and is struggling with her new condition. 

Also read: ‘I now use crutches’: ‘Gomora’s’ Israel Matseke-Zulu assures fans he’s well


Entlek, Israel Matseke Zulu has very big feet! Watch Teddy imitating his father while polishing the shoes that are too big to fill.


On a scale of 1 to 10, how well did Teddy do the Don Buthelezi imitation?

.#GomoraMzansi Gomora #GomoraMzanzi pic.twitter.com/qsyRipUMjq

— Jay (@RewindMzansi) December 6, 2021


“He will be okay he must just get the right treatment.”

“Open a go fund me account so we can put something together like the Nigerians did to Davido.”

Gomora won’t be the same without Don.”

Futseeeek gangrene yamasimba lah!!

SA’s very own Samuel L Jackson. pic.twitter.com/NLZywn0i9j

— Mabhidliza (@Mabhidliza_) November 22, 2021

His career is not over yet , only if he doesn’t lose hope

— Tshiamo Ngoma (@NgomaTshiamo) November 22, 2021

Sad. Circumstances have a way of slowing all of down. Especially when someone is doing their best to thrive

— Ndivhu Makhado (@ndivhuwos) November 22, 2021

Also read: ‘I laughed it off’: ‘Gomora’s’ Israel Matseke-Zulu on his death hoax

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