‘I’m excited to be back’: Jerry Phele on his ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ role.


‘I’m excited to be back’: Jerry Phele on his ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ role.

Legendary ‘Emzini Wezinsizwa’ star Jerry Phele portrays the character of Ntate Jerry in e.tv’s ‘Smoke and Mirrors’.


Veteran actor Jerry Phele has landed the role of a swindler in e.tv’s hit telenovela, Smoke and Mirrors.



The Emzini Wezinsizwa star Jerry Phele tells Sowetan he’s thrilled to be back to acting after landing a role in Smoke and Mirrors.

“I cannot begin to explain this feeling. I’m so excited to be back, doing what I love. The operation on my hip has kept me away from acting and I’d often envy my peers whenever I’d see them acting on TV,” said Phele.


The veteran actor portrays the character of swindler named Ntate Jerry in the e.tv telenovela. He emphases’ that he and his character are nothing alike.

“Yes, my character and I share the same name, but he and I are not the same, not even an inch. This Jerry is hardcore with a twisted persona. I only realised the scammer he was after a few scenes… that was when I knew I had to protect the real me [inside] when I was acting as Jerry, the big-time scammer.”


According to TVSA, Phele’s character will make big promises of stardom but has no intentions of delivering.

Viewers will see him enter Martha’s (Lusanda Mbane) hotel, where he will be recognised by his fans who will want to rub shoulders with him.

Ntate Jerry’s scam is that he claims he’s in Emnayameni to shoot a movie. Petunia (Kgaugelo Monama) will realise that Jerry’s movie could be a hoax as he fails to settle his hotel bills.


The Smoke and Mirrors actor Jerry Phele is popularly known for his character of Mofokeng in SABC1’s sitcom Emzini Wezinsizwa.

Phele also starred in SABC2’s sitcom Skwizas as Morena alongside legendary actresses Lillian Dube and Tsholofelo Matshaba.

The Sesotho actor also appeared in Mzansi Magic’s sitcom Samsokolo as a scheming taxi driver, Bra Seputla in 2013.

Phele also played the role of Motsamai, the village joker in Ferguson Films’ Sesotho telenovela titled, The Throne.


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