Tertius Meintjes is a Zeerust-born South African actor, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. He is best known for playing Joyboy in the 1990 film Agter Elke Man and as Lieutenant Bloem in the 1992 film Sarafina!

The actor has many other roles in many television series. He played flawed engineer Riaan de Wet on the SABC3 soap opera Isidingo. He starred as a womanizer and bully, Frans du Toit, in the kykNET drama series Plek van die Vleisvreters.

Tertius Meintjes
Tertius Meintjes biography
Tertius Meintjes performed as Alan Strang in the Afrikaans production of Equus late 1970s.
Short Profile
Full Name:Tertius Meintjes
Born:Zeerust, North West
Nationality:South African
Education:Drama and literature
Alma mater:University of Pretoria
Occupation:Actor, photographer, documentary filmmaker
Spouse:Aletta Bezuidenhout

Early Life

Tertius Meintjes was born in Zeerust, a commercial town in Ngaka Modiri Molema, North West. He grew up in Grootvlei, Dipaleseng Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa.


Meintjes obtained a BA in Drama and Literature from the University of Pretoria (TUKS). While in his second year, he starred as Alan Strang in the play Equus. The role earned him the Vita Award for Best Newcomer.


The actor has appeared in many films and has bagged several awards. He won a VITA Award for Best Actor in Jobman, a feature film. He also received the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Sarafina!

Tertius played opposite Martin Sheen in the Floating Outfit. He was opposite Kerry Fox in Friends and opposite Sydney Poitier and Michael Caine in Mandela and De Klerk. He won the Best Script Award for M-Net’s New Directions (The Pink Leather Chair).

Other film credits include Jagveld, Berserker: Hell’s Warrior, Pirates of the Plain, Daisy de Melker, The Good Facist, and The Fourth Reich.

Tertius also has television credits and has appeared in many series and soap operas. He played engineer Riaan de Wet on the SABC3 soap opera Isidingo.

In 2004, he landed the role of Frans du Toit, a ruthless manipulator and leader of a drug ring in the kykNET drama series Plek van die Vleisvreters.

More of his television roles are in Meeulanders, Begeertes, Ella Blue, and Kompleks. He also appeared in Malan en Kie, Binnelanders, Hartland, Transito, Orion, and Vloeksteen.

The actor starred as Doctor Fritz Barnard in the crime drama series Die Byl in 2016. The production was loosely based on the real-life SA detective Piet Byleveld.

Personal Life

Tertius Meintjes was married to Kenyan-born South African filmmaker Aletta Bezuidenhout.



  • An Elephant’s Journey (2018) as Uncle Jack
  • Hunting Emma (2017) as Jacques Le Roux
  • Die Ontwaking (2016) as Dr. Koster
  • The Lost Future (2010) as Uri
  • Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna Hoekom (2010) as Gavin
  • The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines (2006)as Rogan
  • Berserker: Hell’s Warrior (2004) as Father
  • Mandela and de Klerk (1997) as Kykendal
  • Friends (1993) as Jeremy
  • Sarafina! (1992) as Lieutenant Bloem
  • To the Death (1992) as TV Evangelist
  • Agter elke man (1990)as Joyboy du Toit
  • Jobman (1989)
  • Blink Stefaans (1981) as Barry

Television Shows

  • Die Byl as General Neels van As
  • Die Sonkring as Jan Hiemstra
  • Diepe Waters as Daan
  • Dryfsand as Wag
  • Ella Blue as Mr Jon Blue
  • Hartland as Richard Meyer
  • Isidingo as Rian
  • Kompleks as Manny de Souza
  • Lui Maar Op, Belinda as Guest Star
  • Malan en Kie as Willie
  • Meeulanders as Fred Blanckenberg
  • Mooiloop! as Special Guest
  • Orion as Spikkel Venter
  • Plek van die Vleisvreters as Frans du Toit
  • Transito as Kobus le Roux
  • Vloeksteen as Thys de Wet
  • Waterfront as Dr van Aswegen

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