Generations' new bad boy, Matli Mohapeloa

By Faeza
14 March 2017

POPULAR actor, Matli Mohapeloa (32) is one of Mzansi’s esteemed actors and has shown versatility and dedication to his craft. With 11 years in the industry, he has proven that he is the best at what he does. He started in the industry playing the character of Fistos in the film, When We Were Black. The former Zabalaza and Greed and Desire actor confirms to Move! that he is joining Generations –

The Legacy.


Matli says he will plays Thabiso, a Xhosa-speaking bad boy from Margate in KwaZulu-Natal on Generations - The Legacy. "Thabiso has a lot of problems. He has just come out of prison and is on a revenge path against Fana Cele, who used to be his lawyer, but also the reason he went to jail. Thabiso is out for some blood and uses everyone close to Fana to get to him,” shares the former Rhythm City actor, adding that his character will keep most viewers on the edge of their seats. Fans should expect to see Thabiso towards the end of February. The Lesotho-bred star says he loves portraying the character of Thabiso as it is a test to his range as an actor. “The character has many dimensions and it’s quite a challenge for me as an actor. At the same time, I enjoy playing him because he's different from the roles I have played before. This character puts my acting skills to the test and that is a great thing for me, meaning I have to put more work into the character."


Matli says acting has always been his dream. “After I matriculated, I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do, but then I heard about the Afda film school in Joburg, where I enrolled for a

bachelors degree,” he says. With 11 years in the industry, Matli says he still lives by the same purpose he had when he first started. “I always remind myself of where I come from

and why I am here in the first place,” he says. “A lot of people in this industry lose focus

because of all the distractions. Some seem like failures because they get caught up in the fame and the fun side of it.” He says for him, it’s all about the dreams he has. “I want to do more local films and movies and I would love to produce a sports show,” he shares.

He says what most people don’t know about him is that he is also passionate about

sports, especially rugby. “Every Sunday I play touch rugby at Wits University with some locals guys. Most are from the Eastern Cape, but everyone is welcome,” says the actor.