- Thabiso Mokhethi says his dark past inspired him to take on the role of Musa
- The actor made headlines 3 years ago for abusing his wife due to depression
- He says he hope to teach people about the dangers of abuse with his new role
Former Generations star and Rhythm City actor, Thabiso Mokhethi, made headlines three years ago when he found himself in a "dark place" and was physically abusive to his wife, Gaaratwe. Speaking to Sowetan Live, Thabiso says his experiences helped in inspiring him to take on the role of Musa on Rhythm City.
The actor says he enjoys playing the character because it is not like other roles he has played before and people still remember him as Samuel from Generations. However, the It’s Gospel Time presenter also admitted that Musa’s role mimics a reality that he once lived.
During an interview with Tshisa LIVE, the talented actor and TV presenter revealed this about his character: "Musa is a well-connected person but behind closed doors he basically runs an underground high-class prostitution ring. I think it's important for people to make sure that they don't fall into the same trap. It's been a challenging role and is very taxing, especially when you get a scene where you have to man-handle a woman with intensity. I try to get into the character's shoes and that is the part that I don't like because it is a very dark place."
After losing his mother and brother to a car accident in 2013, Mokhethi became depressed and lonely. The actor lost his father in 1999 so his mother and brother were his last remaining immediate family members.
“I realised I was in a dark place when I started hurting the only person I love the most in the world. I became physically and abusive to my wife and because of that I almost lost my family until I realised that I had a problem that needed to be dealt with”, Mokhethi told Sowetan. Thabiso says he started seeing two therapists and added that his relationship with God saved him. Briefly.co.za also learned that he is now best friends with his wife.
He told Times LIVE that now that he has overcome his abusive past, he is hoping to teach other about the dangers of abuse and human trafficking with his new role.
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