Reason Why Matshepo Maleme Exits House of Zwide Revealed

In a poignant departure from the hit drama series “House of Zwide,” actress Matshepo Maleme bid farewell to her character, Rea Molapo, leaving behind a void in the hearts of fans and colleagues alike.

Maleme’s departure comes as a shock to viewers, who have followed her character’s journey amidst the backdrop of high-stakes drama and relentless ambition within the competitive fashion industry.

Maleme’s portrayal of Rea Molapo, wife to Isaac Molapo and sister to Molefe, endeared her to audiences, earning her acclaim and recognition in the South African Film and Television Awards-winning series.

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However, her exit from the show was precipitated by a devastating diagnosis: brain cancer.

The news of Maleme’s departure reverberated through social media channels, with co-star Motlatsi Mafatshe, who plays her on-screen brother, Molefe, leading the tributes. Mafatshe took to social media to express his gratitude for the three years of collaboration with Maleme, highlighting her exceptional talent and unwavering dedication to her craft.

“From the word go, we clicked like a house on fire. Your selflessness and giving spirit in your craft are incredible,” Mafatshe wrote, reminiscing about their time together on set.

“What bliss it was to play your brother. I know I bothered you a lot, and you always found a way to work with me. There are not many real actors like you in Africa; you make realism in acting a piece of cake. I will forever cherish our time on set. See you on the next production; I have loved you a long time.”

Maleme’s departure marks a significant loss for “House of Zwide,” which replaced the long-running daily drama “Rhythm City” in July 2021 as part of’s strategic realignment. The series, produced by Bomb Productions and VideoVision Entertainment, has captivated audiences with its compelling narrative and introduced fresh talent to the industry.

While Maleme’s absence leaves a noticeable void in the ensemble cast, “House of Zwide” continues to showcase the talents of seasoned actors such as Vusi Kunene, Khaya Dladla, and Winnie Ntshaba, alongside emerging stars including Olwethu Mackay, Nefisa Mkhabela, and Shalate Sekhabi.

As fans bid farewell to Matshepo Maleme’s character, Rea Molapo, her indelible mark on the series serves as a testament to her remarkable talent and enduring legacy within the realm of South African television.

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