Charity opens up about being a sidechick
Actress says although she comes from a polygamous background, she would never be a makhwapheni
MAKGOFE Moagi has been labelled a homewrecker as a result of the role she plays on Skeem Saam of Charity Ramabu – a woman who is having an affair with John Maputla, played by Africa Tsoai. Makgofe says society is quick to judge women like Charity.
Makgofe says society needs to be honest about issues such as infidelity and not be quick to put the blame on the woman.
“We need to be honest enough to address these issues. Charity is not a homewrecker. She is not breaking her vows, John is. Charity just fell in love with a married man who happened to be everything she has always wanted in a man,” says Makgofe.
“Unfortunately, she has fallen in love with a man she cannot have. She is in it for love and John is the one who opened the window. People should also blame the wife who chased her husband away.”
Charity finds herself in a situation where she has to choose between doing the right thing and being happy with a man she has always wanted. Makgofe says this is a sad reality that many women are faced with.
BEING PROUD OF TELLING THE STORY
Makgofe says she takes pride in telling the story and stepping into the homes of many South Africans who are experiencing the same problem. “My storyline addresses many societal issues, including domestic abuse and human rights, and I am happy to tell it. I want people to talk and not be ashamed to share what they are going through. Those who are doing something wrong in their marriages will know what can and cannot happen,” says Makgofe.
POLYGAMY NOT AN OPTION FOR HER
As much as Makgofe is from a polygamous background, she says she would shy away from a situation like Charity’s.
“My grandfather had three wives, but I would never be in that situation. I don’t judge Charity and if I were to ever be in that situation, I would pray to my ancestors to understand that I am not there to destroy and that I just fell in love and maybe the right thing would be done. I advise women to avoid situations like this,” says Makgofe.
DOING CHARITY WORK
Makgofe is living up to her character’s name. She also opened a charity foundation, Makgofe Dan Moagi Foundation, which donates school uniforms to communities around North West, Johannesburg and Limpopo.
“My foundation started five years ago. I saw that the youth needed someone to point them in the right direction regarding their careers. I come from a family that taught me that sharing is caring. We are working on other things but I can’t say much at the moment,” she says
MY GRAND FATHER HAD THREE WIVES