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Meshack Mavuso is play­ing ex-con­vict­turned-law stu­dent Kero in Isithem­biso (2017-cur­rent) but be­ing the good guy is noth­ing new to him. He played stu­dent Javas on ac­claimed youth drama Yizo Yizo (1999-2002) and be­came a house­hold name as nice-guy ge­ol­o­gist Vusi on Isidingo (1998- cur­rent) un­til leav­ing in 2011. Fans can also spot him as record exec Lungile on Rhythm City (2007-cur­rent) and the 40-year-old says that “they’re great roles but it’s not easy get­ting into char­ac­ter. I take a lot of time get­ting men­tally pre­pared so that I stay true to each char­ac­ter”.

What makes Kero dif­fer­ent? He’s a hum­ble and un­pre­dictable guy. Kero went from be­ing in a gang to be­ing an in­spir­ing fig­ure to the com­mu­nity youth. Serv­ing in jail taught him to ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tant things in life, like fam­ily and look­ing for­ward to a brighter fu­ture. What drives him? Kero is ter­ri­fied of go­ing back to prison. He’ll do any­thing to stay away from his past, like join­ing his dodgy friend Banzi (Hamil­ton Dlamini) who’s the leader of a dan­ger­ous gang. But he can’t be all good, given his his­tory? Of course he can [Laughs]. Look, Kero thinks every move through and he is plan­ning to get back at Banzi for mar­ry­ing the love of his life Clau­dia (Chichi Letswalo) while he was locked up… How do you man­age your two roles? It’s dif­fi­cult wear­ing two hats but I’ve been do­ing it for the past 25 years. It takes prepa­ra­tion and a good man­ager who keeps me on my toes [Laughs]. Does that leave time for any­thing else? I hang out with my pals Mduduzi Mabaso [Suffo on Rhythm City] and Zakhele Mabasa [Skhaleni on Isi­baya] in my home­town Alexan­dra Town­ship. I’m a home­body [Laughs]. NB! See p34.

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