Muvhango actress Kertrice Maitisa: I didn’t having black friends while growing up

Muvhango actress Kertrice Maitisa: I didn’t having black friends while growing up

- Kertrice's family moved to Germany when she was 6 years old

- They came back to South Africa 4 years later, but moved to Cape Town

- This made her miss out on having black friends, she said

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Muvhango actress Kertrice Maitisa says she missed out on having black friends for a good part of her childhood.

Speaking to Times Live, Kertrice said her family moved from Mamelodi West in Pretoria to Germany when she was just six years old.

They moved back to South Africa four years later but settled in Cape Town, learned. As a result, she didn't have enough contact with her black peers.

Kertrice explained:

Moving back home was exciting for me, except we moved to Cape Town and there were way more caucasians that side, limiting my interaction with black people.
I didn't have black friends, beside my cousins. It didn't really worry me at that point because school kept me busy.

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Fortunately, she realised that she needed to experience her African culture and it was subsequently easy for her to make friends. The 24-year-old explained:

I only confronted the issue of not having black friends or having missed out on other cultural experiences later. After high school, I realised what the reality is.
That I had missed out on properly learning my mother tongue, Sepedi and learning things that are important in my culture and growing up in a community that reinforced who I am.

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However, Kertrice doesn't blame her parents, adding that she learned how to speak German. In any case, it was easy for her to re-establish her African roots.

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