These char­ac­ters keep view­ers en­ter­tained with their hu­mor­ous na­ture

Move! - - TV WATCH - By Boi­tumelo Mat­shaba

EVERY sto­ry­line in a soapie or TV drama fo­cuses on the vil­lain, hero and the beauty queen. But some­times it’s the silly and funny char­ac­ter who bring life to the show and keep view­ers not only en­ter­tained, but talk­ing about the char­ac­ter.


Gen­er­a­tions – The Legacy’s Mrekza, por­trayed by Kope Mak­gae, is a gang­ster who is al­ways up to no good, but has a soft side. There is some­thing hu­mor­ous about the way he talks and por­trays his char­ac­ter. His girl­friend, Lucy, played by Manaka Ranaka, brings out the very best in him.


Bru­tus from Mzansi Magic's The Queen is known for al­ways hav­ing a glass of whiskey in his hand, a tooth­pick in his mouth and a gun on his hip. Bru­tus, played by Themba Nd­aba, is a char­ac­ter hard not to love. He con­stantly en­cour­ages his nephew, Shaka, played by SK Khoza, to be pro­mis­cu­ous and stop cry­ing over women. The ho­mo­pho­bic man al­most had a ner­vous break­down a few weeks ago when he dis­cov­ered his very own son is gay.


Also on The Queen is Petronella, the nosey hi­lar­i­ous do­mes­tic worker who is in­cred­i­bly funny. Por­trayed by Them­b­sie Matu, her body lan­guage, fa­cial ex­pres­sions and hand ges­tures will make you laugh hard re­gard­less of how se­ri­ous she is. She some­times turns on her madam Gra­cious, who of­ten re­minds her she is the cleaner and not the madam. She knows the Mabuza fam­ily af­fairs well and never for­gets to chip in or give her two cents’ worth of in­put in pri­vate fam­ily mat­ters.


Played by Soso Rangqu, Morongwa on SABC 3’s Isidingo oozes drama. She comes from a poor back­ground, start­ing off as a wait­ress at Ge­orgie Zamdela’s she­been and later be­ing made in charge of shifts at a ho­tel. Morongwa is very vo­cal, free spir­ited and lets no one walk all over her. Early in the year, she in­ter­rupted a Valentine’s Day ball and caused a big scene in front of guests and even teased the dreaded Barker Haines. She is some­times loose on the tongue and gives per­sonal in­for­ma­tion freely with­out be­ing cau­tious of her sur­round­ings.


When you speak about a straight talker, it is hard not to men­tion Jafta from Rhythm City. He is played by Sandile Dlamini. Ear­lier in the year, his al­leged son took him out for lunch in the north­ern sub­urbs of Jo­han­nes­burg and the proud fa­ther kept the slip to show off to his friend just how much his son spent on him. He went on about how many beers he could’ve bought with the money his son spent on one plate of food.


Mandla ‘Gat­sheni’ Ndlovu is a trou­ble-maker on Isi­baya, yet fans can­not get enough of the hu­mor­ous man. Gat­sheni, played by Bon­gani Gumede, is lazy and quick to give in­struc­tions to every­one, but will not lift a fin­ger. He will do any­thing for money and sees guns as toys.

FROM LEFT: Kope Mak­gae, Themba Nd­aba, Them­b­sie Matu, Soso Rangqu, Sandile Dlamini and Bon­gani Gumede

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