- ‘Uzalo’ sheds light on social issues in the community and are now turning their attention to albinism
- Albinos are constantly murdered for use of their body parts in muthi
- The show has added an albino family to show what it is like for South Africans living with the condition
Popular SABC 1 show, ‘Uzalo’ will be introducing an albino family to its storyline to highlight the injustices that albino’s face in South Africa next month.
The show uses its platform not only to entertain its audience, but to teach and expose their viewers to the many social issues that we face as a nation.
Albinism is a genetic condition that results in the person lacking melanin in their skin, eyes and hair.
Many South Africans who have albinism live in fear of being murdered and having their body parts sold on the black market.
It has become a profitable business as many people want to use their body parts as good luck charms or to sacrifice them for money.
The show will be introducing three new characters that will make up the Mthethwa family.
Briefly.co.za learned that Simphiwe Nxumalo and Owethu Zulu will play a father and daughter, respectively, who live with albinism. While Khwezi’s grandmother will be played by Keketso Semoko.
The family have fled from their home in Manguzi and settled in KwaMashu after hearing whispers that their daughter, Khwezi will be the next victim killed for muthi.
By adding the Mthethwa family, Koketso Phala, a spokeswoman for ‘Uzalo’ has said that they would like to bring attention to the fact that the body parts of albinos should never be used for muthi as they do not possess any special significance that would bring someone immense wealth or luck.
The Daily Sun reports Phala also went on to say that the creators and producers of the show could no longer ignore such a vital topic and are disheartened that albinos cannot live peacefully in their own country.
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