SUR­VIV­ING A LIFE OF HELL

Vet­eran ac­tor Jerry Mo­fo­keng opens up to Bon­gani Mdakane about his strug­gles in life

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LEG­ENDARY play­wright and ac­tor, Jerry Mo­fo­keng (60), speaks openly about how poverty made him re­silient and taught him to work hard to change his life. Be­ing raised in a she­been by his mother in Or­lando West, Soweto, Jerry says he has come out vic­to­ri­ous. LIFE OF SOR­ROW The Heist ac­tor says he had to work hard to achieve ev­ery­thing he has.

“I grew up in a house­hold that used to sell booze. My mother had to take care of me and my three sib­lings,” says Jerry.

“As the last born, I used to ask my­self why all those men were at the she­been drink­ing and not at their homes spend­ing time with their fam­i­lies. It made me re­alise that was not the kind of life I wanted to live, even though the she­been brought money into our fam­ily.”

He adds that he’s grate­ful though be­cause their mother had their best in­ter­ests at heart and worked hard to pro­vide for them.

“Life was not easy for me. I had to en­dure the pain of go­ing to school wear­ing worn-out uni­form and no shoes. Some teach­ers caned me for not wear­ing proper uni­form be­cause they just didn’t un­der­stand my sit­u­a­tion,” he says. LIV­ING IN LE­SOTHO Jerry says that he also ex­pe­ri­enced hell in Le­sotho, where he went to stay as a young­ster.

“I was taken to Le­sotho to live there with the hope of get­ting a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion but I ended up herd­ing cat­tle,” he says.

“I had to en­dure hunger, cold and lone­li­ness in the moun­tains of Le­sotho but I told my­self that I would make some­thing out of my life. I later came back to Soweto where I fin­ished my ma­tric. I didn’t want to dis­ap­point my mother. I started at­tend­ing au­di­tions and got roles that changed my life. I was able to sup­port my fam­ily.” MO­TI­VA­TIONAL SPEAKER Jerry, who is a staunch Chris­tian, be­lieves that God al­ways makes a way for His peo­ple.

His act­ing ex­posed him to other op­por­tu­ni­ties in the in­dus­try.

Jerry, to­gether with his beau­ti­ful wife, Clau­dine Mo­fo­keng, mo­ti­vate peo­ple around the coun­try.

“My wife and I talk to peo­ple about re­la­tion­ships and mar­riages at the churches where we get in­vited. Through our min­istry, Fam­ily Mat­ters, we en­cour­age peo­ple to spread love and cher­ish it. Peo­ple need to be­lieve in mar­riages and know that there are still loyal part­ners out there. If you lay a solid foun­da­tion in your re­la­tion­ship, you should al­ways ser­vice that love you give your part­ner,” he says. Ac­tor Jerry Mo­fo­keng has come a long way to make a good name for him­self in the arts in­dus­try

Jerry, who wrote the book ti­tled In Love & In­ti­mate, says, “When you say you are in a re­la­tion­ship, you must learn to love a woman the way she wants to be loved. Week­ends are a down­fall for many men and this leads to prob­lems in mar­riages.”

Jerry de­clines to com­ment when Move! asks him about join­ing one of e.tv’s soapies from Au­gust.

“I don’t know where you get that from and I’m not go­ing to com­ment on that,” he says.

He is cur­rently work­ing on a stage play ti­tled, My Fa­ther’s Daugh­ter, which fea­tures Le­sotho stars Tseko Mon­a­heng and Mosili Makuta. His show will run at the Bloem­fontein Theatre next month.

WEEK­ENDS ARE A DOWN­FALL FOR MEN

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