Mfolozi Street

Sonto’s new man has a friend who’s in­ter­ested in more than just help­ing Dol­lar get to the top in the new sea­son of Mfolozi Street.

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Mfolozi Street Sea­son 2 Thurs­days (from 11 Fe­bru­ary) SABC1 20:30

“From day 1, peo­ple aren’t go­ing to like Se­namela,” says Luthuli Dlamini proudly. It’s two years since we last saw the res­i­dents of Mfolozi Street (2014- cur­rent) and we’re in­tro­duced to new char­ac­ter Se­namela, played by Luthuli, who’s de­scribed as a nasty piece of work who’s af­ter Sonto (Hlubi Mboya) and is will­ing to get into her pants by any means nec­es­sary. The worst part? Her new beau Dol­lar (Simo Magwaza) isn’t op­posed to the idea. As long as he can piggy-back off Se­namela’s suc­cess, it doesn’t mat­ter who gets hurt. Al­though Luthuli’s char­ac­ter is only in a few episodes at the be­gin­ning of sea­son 2, Se­namela’s ap­pear­ance on Mfolozi Street is about

to change the course of Sonti’s life with­out her hav­ing a say. What’s the first im­pres­sion Se­namela gives when we meet him? He’s dirty, nasty and ma­nip­u­la­tive. He lusts over other men’s women and uses his sta­tus to in­flu­ence oth­ers, in this case Dol­lar, whom he’s good friends with. Dol­lar’s al­ways looked up to Se­namela, while the op­po­site is true with Se­namela’s view of him. Dol­lar is so busy try­ing to show that he’s wor­thy of join­ing Se­namela’s world of ten­der­preneur­ship and to­gether they de­vise a plan to get Sonto to drop her knick­ers. Based on that, how would you de­scribe the char­ac­ter? He’s even worse. Un­der his charm­ing and sweet ex­te­rior lies a pre­ten­tious phi­lan­derer who mixes busi­ness with plea­sure and al­ways gets what he wants. Well, al­most al­ways… De­spite his money and power, not ev­ery­one’s will­ing to play ball and they pay the price. How does his pres­ence af­fect the lives of

the other char­ac­ters? The only rea­son that he is Dol­lar’s friend is to use him. He looks for like-minded peo­ple to make him rich and when Dol­lar puts his girl­friend on the line for a chance to join Se­namela’s busi­ness ven­tures, he looks down on him even more but also rel­ishes the pos­si­bil­ity of bed­ding Sonto just by ac­cept­ing Dol­lar into his in­ner cir­cle. What nei­ther of them re­alise is that their hold on Sonto isn’t as strong as they’d thought, cost­ing Dol­lar the deal and Sonto her cushy life­style with her kids and boyfriend.

How do you re­late to him? I don’t [Laughs]. I take it from oth­ers and how they be­have. I have far more re­spect and sub­tlety when it comes to women. I had to learn the be­hav­iour in or­der to un­der­stand where it came from and to por­tray it as ac­cu­rately as pos­si­ble. What’s the most chal­leng­ing part about this role? It was a nice chal­lenge to play him be­cause I de­spise him. I en­joy go­ing to places I’ve never been. I had to rape a girl in one scene and it was ter­ri­ble and it taught me about the kind of char­ac­ter I like and ones I don’t like.

Luthuli Dlamini is do­ing what he does best: play­ing

guys you love to hate.

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