Sadly, Fezile Makhanya’s latest role on the Mzansi Magic telenovela, The Queen, as Tebogo Ncube, came to and end almost as quickly as it began. But, even though the villain is 6-feet underground – his actions have left a lasting impact; on his on-screen wife and her family (The Khoza’s), on the viewers who were captivated by the story line and most importantly, on the man hwo’s acting skills made it all possible.

Makhanya took to his Instagram to share some very honest reflections with his followers about what this role taught him, how his life has changed because of it and what change he wants to see in society moving forward.

Check out what he had to say:

“Honestly, as a man, I’m guilty of not taking abuse more seriously.  Playing Tebogo has opened up my eyes to its harsh realities. It’s easy for us as actors to go back to our real lives after the director has called cut. For some people, the scene continues. Everyday, a Tebogo beats and possibly kills a Kea. I’ve read so many stories of women who relive their daily nightmares as they watch this abuse storyline unfold. It’s heartbreaking! I may not have the solutions to curb this issue, but all I know is that ENOUGH is ENOUGH! It’s time for us men to stand up and protect our women! The reason why there are so many social ills in society is because real men say and do nothing, while monsters under the cloak of “Ngiyindoda” run riot and cause generational destruction. Fellas, let’s do right by our sisters! I say NO MORE! I say NO to women and child abuse! STOP abuse!

Thank you @ferguson_films and @connie_ferguson for the opportunity to tell this important story. Thank you for trusting me with it. Thank you for the cast and crew for their unwavering support. I won’t lie, it drained me to play Tebogo but it has changed my life immensely.”

Honestly, as a man, I'm guilty of not taking abuse more seriously.  Playing Tebogo has opened up my eyes to its harsh realities. It's easy for us as actors to go back to our real lives after the director has called cut. For some people, the scene continues. Everyday, a Tebogo beats and possibly kills a Kea. I've read so many stories of women who relive their daily nightmares as they watch this abuse storyline unfold. It’s heartbreaking! I may not have the solutions to curb this issue, but all I know is that ENOUGH is ENOUGH! It's time for us men to stand up and protect our women! The reason why there are so many social ills in society is because real men say and do nothing, while monsters under the cloak of "Ngiyindoda" run riot and cause generational destruction. Fellas, let’s do right by our sisters! I say NO MORE! I say NO to women and child abuse! STOP abuse! Thank you @ferguson_films and @connie_ferguson for the opportunity to tell this important story. Thank you for trusting me with it. Thank you for the cast and crew for their unwavering support. I won’t lie, it drained me to play Tebogo but it has changed my life immensely.

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