- Legendary actor Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha was diagnosed with cancer in 2019 but kept it under wraps
- He underwent a five-week treatment and his cancer went into remission after just three weeks
- He says that acting was a good distraction for him and also helped him get through that very difficult time
Long-serving actor Jerry Mofokeng has recently opened up about his battle with cancer. Mofokeng was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October last year but decided to keep this information under wraps from his family. This was so he could focus on his acting.
The award-winning veteran actor spoke about why he kept his diagnosis a secret and his brutal battle with the disease. Jerry started his five-week treatment which included radiation therapy. Just three weeks in, his doctor let him know that the cancer was gone and in remission.
"Even though everyone around me was very worried about my health, I was not because I am spiritually and mentally strong," said Jerry.
Mofokeng also said that it was his love for the arts and his craft that carried him through his battle with cancer. He described it as a perfect distraction. He would wake up early in the morning to undergo his treatment and then he would head off to work so he could act.
"When I'm on set, I feel no pain and looking forward to acting helped me cope with the grueling radiation," he said.
The legendary actor went on to say that he is sharing his battle because he wants people to believe that they can be healed from anything. This is especially because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. He credits his recovery to western medication and traditional methods.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on billionaire Bill Gates saying that COVID-19 could be worse in Africa. Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates has cast a doubt on the number of Covid-19 cases being recorded in Africa. The billionaire said the disease was less fatal in the continent owing to the fact that the majority of the population is that of young people who less susceptible to the disease’s effects.
Speaking during an interview with NTV on Thursday, September 17, Gates said the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was worried the disease was not being fully measured.
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