Season 1 SABC1 (*191) 19:30 Drama
At 45, Mmabatho Montsho has learnt a thing or two about the world and she’s enjoying her role as domestic worker Magotso on Ingozi (2017-current) as “she’s so relatable”. The actress started her career as troubled salon boss Snowey on youth drama Yizo Yizo (1999-2002), followed then by struggling mom Botshelo in season 1 of educational drama Heartlines (2006-2013). For Ingozi, she adds that “Magotso is the same as any woman. I’m inspired by everyday people and that’s who she is”.
Tell us more about your character. She’s a hard-working single mom who struggles to make ends meet. She’s finding it difficult to reconnect with her daughter Zikhona (Luthani Mampofu), who lived with her dad in the Eastern Cape until she goes to varsity in Joburg and reaches out to Magotso. Who inspired your portrayal? My 85-yearold mom Elizabeth, who was a domestic worker. Like Magotso, she worked to the bone and while shooting, I thought of how she would handle the situations thrown at her and I was good to go. Is there part of you in your character? Yes. We both love our daughters and would do anything for them. I have two teenagers, a 17-year-old and the other is 14. They’re my pride and joy. How is she different from your other roles? Nothing keeps her down. Although it’s tough for her to build a relationship with her daughter, she keeps trying. Acting isn’t your only talent though… Funny enough, I’m good at teaching other people how to act. I run a film and TV learnership programme called the National Broadcast Institute with my businessman hubby Sello Molefe. We have 20 students graduating this year alone and we’re really proud.