Skeem Saam’s Shoki Mmola who plays the role of Celia Kunutu and Putla Sehlapelo who plays the role of Alfred Magongwa were on-screen lover’s on another show before Skeem Saam.
Meneer Magongwa and Celia are a couple who will stop at nothing to succeed, even if it means getting rid of anyone who stands in their way.
Mmola and Sehlapelo have kept viewers glued to their screens with their evil ways on Skeem Saam for more than seven years, just like they kept their fans glued several years ago on a popular Sepedi TV drama called Death of a Queen. They played husband and wife on Death of a Queen more than a decade ago. Mmola was the evil Grace Lerothodi, the wife of king Maloro, played by Sehlapelo.
Their friendship and on-screen chemistry brewed on Skeem Saam because of that show.
The on-screen lovers met years ago in Pretoria while Shoki was studying drama at Tshwane University of Technology and Sehlapelo was also studying drama at the University of Pretoria.
Sehlapelo is a father of three in real life and has been married to Neo Sehlapelo for over five years. Sehlapelo is jokingly as stingy in real life as his on-screen role of Alfred Magongwa: “I love that I don’t have to bring a skaftin (lunch box) to work because I am well fed at work,” he said.
“I don’t need to iron my clothes and groom myself. I show up and someone tells me what to wear and make me look the way they want me to look.”
Mmola is a divorcee and a mother of two girls. She divorced her then-husband; Sello Sebotsana who used to physically and emotionally abuse her in 2017.
“I have to remember this is a job that feeds me and takes my kids to school.” Mmola and Sebotsana had been married for 10 years before they went their separate ways.
“If it wasn’t for my therapy and Putla’s support, I would have not been able to cope,” she says.