Tilo ngwana Rashaka Mokgopo
On Tuesday 29 July 2014 fans of Muvhango’s Albert Mukwevho went to bed heartbroken. This after their favourite character they have known for 17 years was brutally killed by the cousin of his wife.
Not only was Albert’s death premature but also planted a seed of deep emotional trauma in the hearts of many fans who protested “Please bring back our Bertie.”
Although the Muvhango publicity team maintained that Ndivhuwo Mutsila asked to be released from his character, a sentiment widely shared by Ndivhuwo himself, however, the recent media report questions Albert’s departure from Muvhango.
Was Albert pushed to retire? They ask. In his own words, Ndivhuwo said “you get tired after doing the same thing for so long. I’ve done my best and enough is enough. You can feel it in your bones when it’s enough,” he was quoted as saying.
He also told Move! magazine that although he really enjoyed being part of Muvhango, he thinks the time is ripe that he retires from on-screen to focus on his role as the cultural advisor of the soapie.
However, a prominent Sunday tabloid newspaper narrates the story of unsatisfactory explanation regarding Albert’s departure. The newspaper reported that “at the screening, which took place at the SABC’s Henley Studios, in Auckland Park, Muvhango’s publicity team could not convince reporters as to whether Albert willingly retired or if it were imposed on him.”
Muvhango organized a special screening of Albert’s death attended by the media and his colleagues before the episode was broadcasted to the nation. Ndivhuwo did not attend the special screening apparently because he and his real family were still mourning the passing of the character he played.
Among other reasons given to the media was that Ndivhuwo is “too old” and wanted a time off to focus on his other commitments.
A list of South African elderly actors who continue gracing our small screens
In South Africa there are many aged actors who have reached a stage of receiving government’s social grant. Some of these seasoned actors are principal actors and therefore influence the storylines of different soap operas while others are simply call in actors who come and go.
- Mary Twala. Previously played the role of Doobsie’s mother in Muvhango, Twala continues securing many roles in different drama series. She stars in Skwizas and currently appears on Generations.
- Abigail Kubeka aged 73 is a talented singer and was previously a call in actor for Scandal!
- Cynthia Shange (65) a former beauty princess who was hailed the first black South African beauty queen to represent South Africa at Miss World Pageant stars in Muvhango alongside seasoned Sindi Dlathu.
- Lillian Dube aged 68 has a wealth of experience in the entertainment industry. She’s been acting for 30 years and is still going strong.
- Lydia Mokgokoloshi (75) is best known for her comic antics in the 1990’s drama series, “Bophelo ke Semphekgo” as Mmago Nkusheng. Recently she appeared on Muvhango and has a full time role on SABC 1 prime time soapie, Skeem Saam.
- Everyone knows his as Sompisi on Generations but his real name is Tiki Nxumalo. He is aged 65 and continues doing a great job in the portrayal of his character.