Pallance Dladla: Everything You Need to Know

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Pallance Dladla

My first sight of Pallance Dladla on the screen was as the rude Zungu son who was in bed with his supposed late father’s wife and a staffer’s daughter whom his character went on to impregnate. He was rude, unbearable, and insensitive. But his character transformed. He began to control his mouth and pants. He became more compassionate, a human being even. This is the story of Jabulani Zungu the alter ego of Pallance Dladla. Here is the story of Dladla himself.

Age, education, and early life

Pallance Dladla was born in August 1992. He was born in Jonnasbourg and raised by his grandfather in Soweto. And in what was a stoke of prophecy, his father’s father named him Pallance after the old man’s favourite actor, the American Jack Palance who is most known for his 1991 role in the western comedy “City Slickers” for which he won the Oscar. It must have been this film that moved senior Dladla to name his adopted son Pallance. The spelling may be wrong but the intention has proved to be grand.

Pallance attended Parktown Boys’ High School in Wellington Road near Park town Mansion, an ancient and important part of Johannesburg. There is no record to show that Dladla attended the university which in itself is a plus to the genius that he is. Dladla is 28 years old.

Pallance Dladla career

Pallance Dladla’s career can be traced to 2011 during the SABC1 television reality show Class Act. He was the runner up in this show and it is believed to be the last straw (in a light manner of speaking) that launched his career. As a teenager, Pallance was an embodiment of a determined competitor. He has won Best Actor and High Original Script in his high school. He also has his name in the runners-up slot for a play he wrote for a Milk and Bread nationwide competition. Throw in the Most Prestigious Actor Award sponsored by Nedbank and co and you would better understand his winning mentality.

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Dladla’s first major act was as the character Jimmy in the third season of the show “4Play: Sex and Tips for Girls” which was aired in the third force in television in South Africa after South African Broadcasting Corporation and Multichoice in no particular order. There were a few appearances including a short appearance in the British drama “Wild at Heart” that was aired in ITV which centers around the lives of a family who migrated to South Africa in an attempt to rehabilitate a dying game reserve. Then “Isibaya” happened.

In 2012, Pallance was cast as Jabulani Zungu in the show “Isibiya”. When the show started, neither cast nor crew might have envisioned that the show would turn out to be the wild success that it became, hitting the eighth season and knocking at the door of the 2000th episode as at the time of writing this.

Like Nomzamo Mbatha who plays his sister in the show, there have emerged rumours that Dladla has left the show. Like Nomzamo, Mzansi Magic denied this. “The character if Jabulani Zungu played by Pallance Dladla on the popular show ‘Isibaya’ is not leaving the show as allegedly published,” Philly Kubheka a PR chief in the channel said. “Pallance Dladla is actively pushing the boundaries of his craft by pursuing international work while securing and maintaining local contacts.”

These rumours began in April 2020 when Pallance shared a photo of himself on IG chilling in Hollywood Hills, Los Angelos. Multichoice might have come out to deny it but many are not buying. Even among the most hopeful fans of Jabulani, there is a feeling that they cannot deny. It is a matter of when.

Dladla has been in a number of powerful shows. There was “Number Number” a crime-action movie (now renamed Avenged) written and directed by Donovan Marsh and also starring S’dumo Mtshali who has become a great friend of Dladla, Presley Chweneyagae, and Israel Makoe. This was in 2013.

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The following year, Dladla was in’s musical shows “Rhythm City” where he took over the role previously held by another artist and killed it. Some of his other shows include Doug Liman directed drama “Is’thunzi” then more recently he played the title role of “Shadow” in a show that is actually Netflix’s first South African original series, a title that is erroneously given to “Queen Sono” starring Pearl Thusi. While “Queen Sono” premiered in 2020, “Shadow” hit the streaming waves in March 2019.


A handsome man with six-packs who is also rich and famous is the dream of many women and we are not just talking South Africa; this is a worldwide phenomenon. A lot of people are interested in the relationship status of Pallance Dladla and haven’t yet been able to penetrate the chamber where he hid his romantic life.

But like the soldiers of Stannis Baratheon, we would continually ram the door of his relationship. I take that back. Let those gifted in this kind of stuff ram and search. We would update this once we come into a new light about his personal life. As for the whispers that he might be gay, we have one word for it: “Rubbish.”

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Lola Pedro

Lola Pedro

Lola Pedro is a contributor who will only write about stars she likes and movies she is crazy about