For small-screen stars Abdul (31) and Sthembiso “SK” (32), getting to play the bad guys is like living out a childhood game.
Abdul is the hot-headed Qaphela in Isibaya and SK is the trigger-happy Shaka in The Queen.
As young boys growing up in Ntuzuma in KwaZulu-Natal, the brothers were fans of action man Jean-Claude Van Damme’s movies. “We were so excited when we got our first pellet guns,” SK says.
The brothers took part in karate as kids and earned their black belts by the time they were 13. Abdul initially wanted to be a doctor but was lured into showbiz by his brother. SK got a gig as a field presenter for V Entertainment in 2010, while Abdul worked as a firefighter before taking part in the reality talent show Class Act.
The brothers always make time for each other. “He is real,” Abdul says. “There are people who are changed by fame but my brother is still grounded.”
In June last year SK was involved in a car crash and the first person he phoned was his brother. “When I call he comes running,” he tweeted. “@Abdul_Khoza, you are a blessing.”