JT Medupe has stated that playing former President Jacob Zuma in a stage production is hard work and leaves him emotionally exhausted.
JT Medupe stated in a recent interview, that playing former President Jacob Zuma in a theatre adaption of Redi Tlhabi's book Khwezi is hard work.
Times Live reported that Medupe believes this role has been an emotional journey, and very challenging.
The book tells the story of a young girl who grew up in exile as part of a communal village of aunts and uncles who fought an evil system. In her quest to know her father, Judson Kuzwayo, and to preserve his political life’s story, Khwezi ends up in Forest Town, where she is "sexually appropriated" by her father’s former best friend, comrade-malume Jacob Zuma.
"The hardest part has been to try get into a space where I convince people that I (as Jacob Zuma) did not assault Khwezi but that it was consensual. As JT Medupe, I am against women abuse so this was challenging and very emotional. It has taken a toll on me but I take it a day at a time," he said.
Preparing for the role has been hard work and the actor states he has spent time reading Zuma’s past speeches, and is using his testimony to depict a real portrayal of the man.
The production is set to run at the State Theatre from 25 July until 12 August.
Briefly.co.za reported in February how South Africa woke up to a new era after Jacob Zuma’s resignation as state president on February 14th.
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