Char­ity opens up about be­ing a sidechick

Ac­tress says al­though she comes from a polyg­a­mous back­ground, she would never be a makhwapheni

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Atha­bile Mrasi

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.


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.


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.


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


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