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‘I’ll cherish you’: ‘House of Zwide’s’ Molefe bids farewell to Rea

‘House of Zwide’ actors Matshepo Maleme as Rea and Motlatsi Mafatshe as Molefe. Images via Twitter @Jabu_Macdonald and @Macauzza

House of Zwide actor Motlatsi Mafatshe, who plays Matshepo Maleme’s on-screen brother, Molefe bids farewell to his on-screen sister, Rea Molapo.


The fan-favourite House of Zwide actor Motlatsi Mafatshe took to his Instagram this week to reflect on working with Maleme.

“I am honoured to share the past 3 years with Matshepo @matshepomaleme famously known as Kuki.”

“From word go we clicked like a house on fire. Your selflessness and giving spirit in your craft is incredible. What a 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’s not many real actors like you in Africa, you make realism acting be a piece of cake.”

“I will forever cherish our time on set. See you on the next production😉 love u long time ❤️.”

Matshepo Maleme, who also portrayed Isaac Molapo’s wife, Ona and Kele’s mother for three years was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

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TVSA February teasers reported that the fan-favourite character, Rea died on Monday, 26 February episode from cancer.

The Monday, 26 February teaser reads: “Rea appears to be recovering well and has warm moments with Keletso and Ona before tragedy strikes. The cancer claims her life, leaving the Molapo’s devastated.” 

Tuesday, 27 February teaser reveals that everyone will head to the Molapo’s to offer their condolences.

Maleme’s character is the third leading star to exit after Olwethu Mackay, who played Senzo and Warren Masemola, who played Alex.

Matshepo Maleme will be leaving #HouseofZwide as her character’s storyline Rea Molapo comes to an end.— Jabulani Macdonald ⚡️ (@Jabu_Macdonald) February 26, 2024

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