Know the Cast: ‘Amandla’

Amandla Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Netflix Movie

The Amandla cast features Lemogang Tsipa, Thabo Rametsi and Israel Matseke-Zulu. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Nerina De Jager’s 2022 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Amandla follows two South African siblings who grow up on the outskirts of Johannesburg. As adults, Nkosana trains to be a police officer while his brother Impi resorts to crime. When a gangster threatens the safety of both men, the protagonists try to imagine a brighter future. Here’s every main performer and character in Amandla.

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Amandla Cast: Lemogang Tsipa as Impi

Amandla Cast - Lemogang Tsipa as Impi

Character Profile: A native of Isando known as “The Ghost.” He commits crimes while trying to please a vicious gangster. Impi looks after his pregnant partner and realizes that he probably won’t live to see his child grow up.

Tsipa’s Resume: Mac in Alien Outpost (2014), Matt Levery in Eye in the Sky (2015), Phedon in The Dark Tower (2017), Mike Kachigunda in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019), Xhosa in Blood Psalms (2020)

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Amandla Cast: Thabo Rametsi as Nkosana

Amandla Cast - Thabo Rametsi as Nkosana

Character Profile: Impi’s brother. He trains to be a police officer and choose communication over violence. Nkosana pleads with his brother to stop committing crimes.

Rametsi’s Resume: Robbie in The Giver (2014), Solomon in Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu (2016), Ahadi in Blood Psalms (2020), Corporal Cuddy in The Watch (2021) Navy Junior Associate in The Mauritanian (2021)

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Amandla Cast: Israel Matseke-Zulu as Shaka

Amandla Cast - Israel Matseke-Zulu as Shaka

Character Profile: The main villain, a Saweto gangster. He forces Impi to sexually assault his childhood friend, Elizabeth. Shaka uses locals to update him about the protagonists’ whereabouts.

Matseke-Zulu’s Resume: Mandla in Tsotsi (2005), Mandla in The Good Lie (2014), Mugza in Hard to Get (2014), Shakes in Dora’s Peace (2016), Vusi in Red Cargo (2020)

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Amandla Cast: Zondwa Njokweni as Alina

Amandla Cast - Zondwa Njokweni as Alina

Character Profile: Impi’s partner. She gives birth to a daughter named Nomusa. Alina gets caught up in the conflict between Impi and Shaka.

Resume: Thami’s Mother in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

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The Amandla cast also includes Thabiso Masoti, Bahle Mashini, Nqobile Sipamla, Jeanique Fourie and Liza Van Deventer.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.