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TV Plus (South Africa) - - 17 AUGUST -

Isidingo (1998-cur­rent) has never shied away from sen­si­tive top­ics and an up­com­ing sto­ry­line fea­tur­ing a shy boy from the town­ships named Tha­bang (Pholoso Mohlala) is get­ting se­ri­ous from Wed­nes­day 16 Au­gust. But there is more to Tha­bang be­ing in The Deep than earn­ing money and get­ting a taste of ur­ban cul­ture – he’s on the run!

“I por­tray a gay char­ac­ter who isn’t sure why he’s feel­ing the way he does,” says act­ing new­comer Pholoso. He adds that his 20-year-old char­ac­ter ran away from home be­cause he’s afraid that his fam­ily will re­ject him when he comes out the closet. “He is scared and wants to meet peo­ple like him – he has never en­coun­tered an­other a gay per­son in his ru­ral home­town.”

Tha­bang fears his fa­ther the most and view­ers will learn why on Tues­day 22 Au­gust. “If his fa­ther, who is good friends with min­ing man­ager Mat­lala (Robert Mpisi), learns the truth about his sex­u­al­ity, there will be war. Tha­bang’s fa­ther is tra­di­tional and wants grand­chil­dren and a son who is ma­cho,” ex­plains the ac­tor. And while we don’t see Tha­bang’s fa­ther for a while on­screen, we know all about him through Mat­lala, who lets slip that Tha­bang comes across as “gay”.

The young­ster doesn’t like that he has to hide his sex­ual iden­tity and he seeks sup­port from a friend who lives in the town­ship. As Pholoso ex­plains, “He doesn’t have friends in The Deep as yet – the only per­son he trusts lives far away, so Tha­bang is very closed off right now and strug­gling to ac­cept his iden­tity.” NB! See more on p26.

Tha­bang is on the run in The Deep, hid­ing from his judge­men­tal fam­ily.

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