Mot­latsi proud of ikasi back­ground

‘Isidingo’ ac­tor pleased he went from noth­ing to be­ing some­thing in life

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Kyle Zee­man

Isidingo ac­tor Mot­latsi Mafat­she is a proud prod­uct of ikasi and isn’t scared to face up to those who think he is un­e­d­u­cated be­cause of it.

The star, who was born in Soweto, told TshisaLIVE that it frus­trates him when peo­ple think less of him be­cause he was raised in the town­ship.

“I am very proud of be­ing a ghetto-born child that went from noth­ing to be­ing some­thing, but that does not mean that I am a delin­quent or un­learned. I have an honours. I got cum laude. I have done well and I do it well. I just don’t boast about it.”

He said he en­joyed walk­ing into a room and be­ing un­der­es­ti­mated and saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to prove his skills and tal­ent.

“I en­joy be­ing the un­der­dog. I en­joy it when peo­ple get me wrong be­cause there is no pressure. It is just you. Peo­ple say”: ‘Oh‚ we’ll see how it goes’, and the next thing you are up there.”

Mafat­she has cap­tured Mzansi’s heart with his role as Sech­aba on the pop­u­lar SABC3 soapie and said peo­ple are of­ten sur­prised when they re­alise he is noth­ing like his char­ac­ter on screen.

“When peo­ple meet me they think I am bor­ing. I am not out and about. I am not an in­tro­vert but I pre­fer to keep quiet and mind my own busi­ness.”

In fact‚ Mafat­she prefers spend­ing time with his fam­ily, go­ing out to in­dus­try events – at least they don’t think he is bor­ing.

“I think we are do­ing well be­cause my wife is al­ways busy with her busi­ness and I have been busy with act­ing and di­rect­ing.

“It is great to grow but we don’t act like we are old. We still act like we are dat­ing but just with a son.” –

“I en­joy be­ing the un­der­dog. I en­joy it when peo­ple get me wrong be­cause there is no pressure. It is just you.”

/Veli Nh­lapo

Soweto-born and raised Mot­latsi Mafat­she stars in SABC3 soapie Isidingo.

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