FLAW IN STORYLINE HARD TO STOMACH
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.