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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.”

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