Some actors are just so good at what they do that it becomes difficult to separate the person from the character
Whether you know him as eTV Scandal!’s ‘Dustbin Man’, 90 Plein Street’s Tshepo Sadiki/ Sello Tlhabanelo or Parker Sithole in the feature film, Of Good Report, one thing is for sure; you’ve hated Mothusi Magano at some point in your life.
But that is just a testament to how good he is at what he does.
Born in a small village of Phokeng on the outskirts of Rustenburg, the actor got his big-break in 2003 after making a gutsy move by inviting the esteemed Moonyeenn Lee to watch him in a friend’s stage production of The Third Man.
He has since featured in a number of local and international films as well as commercials and television productions.
There was also a bit of controversy starring the aforementioned 2013 film, Of Good Report, which tells the story of an illicit affair between introverted school teacher Parker Sithole (played by Magano) and one of his new pupils, sixteen-year-old Nolitha (played by Petronella Tshuma).
The Film and Publications Board (FPB) of South Africa had a problem with a passionate se_x scene between the two which the organization claimed bordered on “child pornography” before banning the film.
The producers of the film later hit the FPB with a R28 Million lawsuit for damages allegedly caused by the FPB’s ban and classification of the film among which include the film’s inability to to open the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in July 2013.
According to Channel 24 however, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the cast and crew that worked on the film. Following the decision to overturn the ban, the Of Good Report’s director, Jahmil XT Qubeka was honoured with an award for artistic bravery at DIFF. In his acceptance speech, he likened being associated with child pornography to “a death to one’s career.”
Qubeka later went on record to say that child pornography should be banned but argued Of Good Report is “making an indictment… For teenagers this a horror film. I want kids, particularly girls, to watch this and I want to scare them,” during an interview on Al Jazeera talk show South 2 North back in 2013.
He went on to add “I’m not sad for me. This has turned me into a superstar. My life has changed in a week. I’ve been in Variety magazine… three times. What I am sad for is my nation because my nation was refused the right to see the film.” That all changed however as the film was broadcast on BET Africa earlier this year. Hopefully the first of many public broadcasts of the film.
Magano plays the role of an introvert and predator so well that your skin literally crawls just watching him in the role. Other actors who possess this talent include:
Zakhele Msibi – whom we all know as Isibaya’s Sunday Nkabinde
Bheki Mkhwane who plays Samson Ndlovu on Isibaya
Vusi Kunene as both Jack Mabaso and Bhekifa Ngubane
Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe who played Matthews on Season 1 and 2 of Isithunzi
Sdumo Mtshali as Mandla on Isithunzi
Masasa Mbangeni as Thembeka Shezi on eTV’s Scandal!
Simo Magwaza as Skhumbuzo/Dollar on Mzansi Magic’s The Queen as well as Levi on It’s Complicated – Season 2
(the uncle who ra_ped Mandisa – Samela Tyelbooi – as a child) and then tried to do it again when she confronted him as an adult)
Vatiswa Ndara as Nomarussia on Mzansi Magic’s Igazi