The River’s Emma and Rhythm City’s Banele Are Siblings

The River actress; Lunathi Mampofu who plays the role of Emma is sister to Skeem Saam and Rhythm City actor; Oros Mampofu. Oros played the role of Jama Kekana on Skeem Saam and currently plays the role of Banele on the now canned soapie; Rhythm City on ETV.


The River actress previously played a perfect villain on Mzansi Magic’s The Queen as Benni who was a gangster. The actress also played the role of a spiritualist called Zikhona on SABC 1’s drama series; Ingozi.

When asked in an interview who she admired in the industry, the actress said Zolisa Xaluva who played the role of Diamond on The Queen alongside Lunathi. She is intrigued by his performances and also thinks he’s a badass! Xaluva currently plays the role of principal Melusi on Mzansi Magic’s number one show; Gomora.

The actress has also admitted that having her siblings in the entertainment industry has been a great help when she comes across challenges. 

“I am really grateful that I have Oros as an artist, because I could ask questions and get clarity on how things work here. Because, no offence to anyone but I’ve always felt that this industry is very false. Oros and I sat down just after I got one of my first roles. I’m quite an introvert and I wasn’t really sure how to handle the invasion of personal space among other things and I turned to Oros. He said to me: “Sis, the biggest ting you can do for yourself is just to be you, unapologetically.”  

Oros was born in Cape Town and has an identical twin brother; Prince Mkokeli Mampofu who is in the film industry. Oros and Lunathi also have three sisters. 

Oros has a girlfriend; Bianca Carmacheal, with whom he has fathered a daughter. He has starred in a couple of drama series’: Igazi, The lucky specials, Harvest, Ingoma, Grassroots and also been showcased in the movie ‘Lost in the world’ in 2015.

His twin brother whom he commonly calls ‘life partner’ has a media production company known as Kheli productions. 

The River's Emma

Lunathi graduated from AFDA and later studied and graduated from the New York Academy.

Growing up the siblings loved playing shenxe which is known as dodge ball, hide and seek, soccer, and used to race each other.

Watch the Lunathi on The River, DSTV channel 1031 as Emma and Oros as Banele on ETV’s Rhythm City.


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