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Matshepo Maleme bids farewell to ‘House of Zwide’ as Rea Molapo meets tragic end

The beloved character Rea Molapo, portrayed by actress Matshepo Maleme, will be departing from the e.tv fashion drama, ‘House of Zwide’.

Tragedy strikes in the upcoming episodes of the show as Rea Molapo’s journey comes to an end. According to TVSA’s February teasers, fans will witness the heartbreaking demise of Rea Molapo on the episode airing Monday, February 26.

The teaser for Monday’s episode hints at a moment of hope for Rea, as she appears to be recovering well, sharing warm moments with Keletso and Ona. However, the narrative takes a devastating turn as cancer claims her life, leaving the Molapo family shattered.

Following this unexpected twist, Tuesday’s teaser indicates that the community will rally around the Molapo family to offer their condolences, underscoring the impact of Rea’s departure on the show’s storyline.

Maleme’s departure marks the third major exit from the series, following the exits of Olwethu Mackay, who portrayed Senzo, and Warren Masemola, who played Alex.

In recent episodes, ‘House of Zwide’ captivated audiences with Rea Molapo’s gripping storyline involving her battle with cancer. The struggles of the Molapo family to secure chemotherapy treatment for Rea added depth to the narrative, with Isaac resorting to seeking private medical care for his sister.

In addition to the departure of Rea Molapo, upcoming episodes promise more drama and intrigue. Teasers suggest that viewers can expect relationship turmoil as Ona’s boyfriend, Neo, is set to betray her by cheating with his secret lover. Neo’s actions will test the dynamics of his relationship with Ona, especially after a vulnerable moment where he pressured her regarding her virginity.

As ‘House of Zwide’ continues to captivate audiences with its compelling storytelling, the departure of Rea Molapo marks a significant moment in the series, leaving fans eager to see how the storyline evolves in the wake of this tragic loss.

Despite acting in House of Zwide as Rea and Skeem Saam as Zandile with brain cancer, actress Matshepo Maleme is reportedly undergoing real-life brain cancer seizure treatment

Coming up Next on House of Zwide

Monday 19 February 2024
Episode 156

Funani comforts an emotional Rea and encourages her to open up to her family. Isaac and Rea end up having a genuine conversation and she realises how much he’s also struggling. 

Tuesday 20 February 2024
Episode 157

Ona lies about why she didn’t go out the night before, but Rea picks up on it. She later asks Ona what’s bothering her and Ona decides to level with her mom about her plans with Neo. 

Wednesday 21 February 2024
Episode 158

Molefe campaigns to Rea to run the salon, while Maria campaigns to Isaac, but Rea decides they need to work together and will both manage it. Neo admits to Ona that he loves her. 

Thursday 22 February 2024
Episode 159

After the audit, the Zwide’s realise it could all come crashing down, until Faith meets the owner of the firm and realises it’s an old friend and there’s clearly a connection.

Friday 23 February 2023
Episode 160

Neo sleeps with his side chick, Fikile, and Ona calls him while he’s still with Fikile and calls him her perfect boyfriend. Rea goes for an assessment to determine how well the treatment is going.

Monday 26 February 2024
Episode 161

Rea appears to be recovering well and has warm moments with Keletso and Ona before tragedy strikes as the cancer claims her life, leaving the Molapo’s devastated. 

Tuesday 27 February 2024
Episode 162

Everyone heads to the Molapo’s to offer their condolences, while Faith is left to deal with a crisis at Zwide. She is also unhappy with the extent that Funani seems to be mourning Rea.

Wednesday 28 February 2024
Episode 163

Zola reveals himself to Zanele, but she freaks out and asks him to leave her alone. With Funani pre-occupied, Faith pleads in vain with Nandipha for the return of the Zwide millions.

Thursday 29 February 2024
Episode 164

Faith tells Loyiso the truth about the missing money from the Zwide account and he offers to give them time to replace it before doing his audit. While Molefe comforts a grieving Isaac.

Premiere episodes of House of Zwide air on e.tv from Mondays to Fridays at 19h00.

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