Julius Malema is a Pirates fan and Khanyi Mbau for Kaizer Chiefs


effGoal takes a look at some of Mzansi celebrities and high-profile figures who support Amakhosi and Bucs as we build-up to this weekend’s Soweto Derby at the FNB Stadium

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are both heavily represented wherever you go, and even your favourite Mzansi celebs do pick sides whenever these two giants of South African football collide.

The majority of these celebrities where born and bred in Soweto, while some adopted these teams at a very young age either though being influenced by their parents or older siblings.

It is a known fact that some are not die-hard fans, but most of them can actually ‘kill’ for their teams, especially Amakhosi and the Buccaneers.

As we build up to the second Soweto Derby in a row, Goal takes a look at some of Mzansi celebrities and high-profile figures who have not been shy to reveal where their allegiances lie.

Julius Malema – Orlando Pirates

The outspoken Economic Freedom Fighters leader is a staunch supporter of the mighty Buccaneers and he’s never afraid to express his dissatisfaction on social media when his beloved team are not doing well. Recently, Malema joined the #TinklerMustFall campaign following Pirates’ 2-0 loss to Golden Arrows.

Khanyi Mbau – Kaizer Chiefs   

If there’s any SA female celebrity who’s a proud Khosi, then it has to be Khanyi Mbau. The actor, music artist and television presenter publicly revealed her affection for Kaizer Chiefs live on TV, but unfortunately it was after their 3-1 defeat to cross-town rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

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At least Mbau isn’t afraid to risk the mockery of rival supporters!

Robbie Malinga – Orlando Pirates  

The ‘Yiyo Le Ibhakaniya’ hitmaker was born and bred in Orlando, and after supporting the club for many years, Malinga decided to compose a few songs for the club. Pirates always make sure that he has their kit every time a new one is launched.

Pearl Thusi – Kaizer Chiefs

The Metro FM and SABC 1 presenter claims to be a big Kaizer Chiefs fan and she wears their colours occasionally, but the fact that she hid the club’s gold and back jersey with a black jacket after their embarrassing defeat last Saturday left some Chiefs fans really wondering whether or not she’s a die-hard fan. Traitor?

Arthur Mafokate – Orlando Pirates

Hailed as the King of Kwaito by many, Mafokate’s music fans may well be pleased to know that he likes to crossbones now and then, especially when his favourite team has won.In May 2012, Mafokate joined the club’s trophy parade in Jozi and although he sometimes plays hide and seek with his fans on social media, the musician’s heart is black and white.

Bantu Holomisa – Kaizer Chiefs

The United Democratic Movement leader is forever with the Motaung’s whenever he’s at the stadium to watch Kaizer Chiefs, but not only that, he’s always cheering for the Glamour Boys on social media. Radio 702 had an interview with Holomisa earlier this year, and the famous South African politician declared his passion for sports and love for Amakhosi.

Glen Lewis – Orlando Pirates

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The Metro FM presenter and DJ is a Pirates supporter through and through, and when asked about his allegiance in an interview with Sport@10 in June 2014, Lewis said: “I chose Pirates because I wanted to be different from my family who all supported Chiefs.”

DJ Tira – Kaizer Chiefs

The famous Durban-born Dj was announced as one of the Carling Black Label ambassadors for the 2013 edition together with DJ Oskido who supports Orlando Pirates, and it was later confirmed that Tira supports the Glamour Boys.

Zwelinzima Vavi – Kaizer Chiefs

The former Cosatu Secretary teases a few of his Pirates followers now and then on Twitter, and he’s not afraid to rub salt into the wounds of his arch-rivals when things are not going well for them. Just last week after Pirates’ defeat to Arrows, Vavi took on some angry Bucs fans, running the #TinklerMustStay campaign.

Kenneth Nkosi – Orlando Pirates

The comedian, actor and TV presenter has never liked Chiefs, although his close friend Rapulana Seiphemo supports the Glamour Boys. Like many Mzansi celebrities, Nkosi also receives a special jersey from Pirates every time the new kit is launched.