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Meet South Africa’s SABC1’s drama Skeem Saam Actor Leshole Mabitsela “Real Name : Thabo Mkhabela”

Leshole Mabitsela a teenager on the SABC1 soap opera Skeem Saam. Every weekday, viewers are glued to their small screen to watch the character Leshole who lives with his alcoholic and abusive father. On screen, in SABC1’s drama Skeem Saam, he plays the role of Leshole Mabitsela, a shy and humble matric student who lives with his abusive alcoholic father. But in real life, Thabo Mkhabela is quite an over-achiever and worlds apart from his soapie alter ego.

In a recent Interview With DRUM See what Thabo Mkhabela who plays Leshole on the hit show has to Say:

How’s it been being on Skeem Saam?

“For me, it’s nothing big. It’s a job. Everyone has a job and I find it okay.

What do you think how people have reacted to your character?”

“It shocks me. People are so in love with my character. Even kids are very fond. The love is just so amazing. People don’t even know my real name, they call me Leshole.”

With that love from people, there comes fame. How do you handle the fame?

“I don’t really like fame. I love art and acting because I’m also a poet and a dancer.”

How long have you been dancing?

“I’ve been dancing since 2005. I just don’t go to dance classes anymore.”

What drew you to the role?

“I used to do a two-hander with a friend of mine. And this other day, Putla Sehlapelo (Meneer Magongwa) came to one of our event where we were performing. He took my number and called me for the role. That is how I got it. That’s how it all begun. I was so excited when I was picked to do it. I didn’t sleep, I just couldn’t believe it”

Are you really a lecturer?

“Not even. It all started as a joke on social media but people took it to heart. It’s just something I would’ve loved to but I’m not there yet”

Leshole Mabitsela is so loud, why is that?

“When it comes to viewers, it’s all about sympathy. People sympathise with Leshole because I’ve had so many people coming forward about how they had negative upbringings. So people can relate because it’s played out realistically.”

Do you have any celebrity crush?

“You won’t believe it. I don’t even know celebrities. I can’t differentiate between Boity Thulo and Minnie Dlamini. They look too much alike. I never go anywhere.”

Are you in any love relationship?

“The similarity between Leshole and Thabo is that we are both single. I have a five-year-old daughter, though. I see her whenever I’m visiting Mpumalanga because I’m based in Gauteng.”

Here are some the surprising facts that might shock you about Thabo:

  • He is an Arts lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology.
  • If he is not acting, he is doing poetry, motivating students and doing stage acting in theatre.
  • He is a relative novice when it comes to the small screen. His first appearance on our screens was made just last year on Skeem Saam, an under-achiever who only improves as the character grows.
  • He was born and raised in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga.
  • He studied at the University of Limpopo and he is only 25 years of age.
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