Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - SUNDAY MAGAZINE - SAM MATHE

IN RE­CENT times Princess Odirile Kwena has given me some ex­cuse why I had to con­tinue watch­ing

The Throne (Mzansi Magic) closely. Odirile is the vil­lain­ess of the script and few lo­cal char­ac­ters on the small screen can match her cun­ning, sheer dare­dev­ilry and evil streak. She is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the slim list of South Africa’s screen femme fa­tales.

The Odirile char­ac­ter is a per­fect in­gre­di­ent in a soapie that is char­ac­terised by skull­dug­gery and shameless avarice for power.

She is the fourth or fifth in line of suc­ces­sion for the crown of the Bak­wena (Croc­o­dile) clan of an an­cient Batswana dynasty. Princess Odirile is the youngest sis­ter of the cur­rent in­cum­bent, Queen Mosadi – played with re­gal grace by the beau­ti­ful Mon­nye Kunupi. There’s also an el­der brother, Prince Moseki (Don Mlan­geni Nawa), who has his eyes fixed on the royal seat as well.

But the queen and her brother are not Odirile’s only ob­sta­cles to the throne. Queen Mosadi had al­ready anointed one of her two daugh­ters, Moset­sana (Tshe­go­fatso Seak­goe) as her suc­ces­sor. This re­cent de­vel­op­ment has up­set Princess Odirile, lead­ing to the mur­der of the young princess. Then fol­lowed dis­turb­ing episodes as Odirile tried every trick in the book to con­ceal Moset­sana’s body. While to the view­ers it was clear that she was as guilty as sin, it’s still a mystery why mem­bers of the royal fam­ily had con­sis­tently failed to de­tect that some­thing was amiss about her be­hav­iour since Moset­sana’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

It’s a se­ri­ous flaw in this sto­ry­line for its lack of be­liev­abil­ity. One feels that the pro­duc­ers and directors didn’t think this through and cer­tainly ne­glected to take into ac­count the view­ers’ in­tel­li­gence. Be­fore Odirile can face jus­tice, some­one is go­ing to be pun­ished for crimes he didn’t com­mit. Odirile is por­trayed by Tsholofelo Mat­shaba (35), pre­vi­ously known as Tsholo Monedi, her maiden name.

A gen­uine act­ing talent with the looks of a beauty queen and an al­lur­ing per­sona, Mat­shaba is a grad­u­ate of the Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, where she re­ceived a na­tional diploma in mu­si­cal the­atre. Be­fore she be­came a house­hold name in TV dra­mas, she paid her dues on a num­ber of fa­mous the­atre pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing Born in The RSA 2 and Je­sus Christ Su­per­star.

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