Legendary actor and playwright Khotso Nkhatho (64) has returned to the television screen to play the role of a gang leader in prison. This eloquent Sotho-speaking actor from the tiny town of Ventersburg in the Free State plays the bad guy in Rhythm City. The drama series is broadcast on eTV. Nkhatho returns to the screen after almost 20 years of absence, having last featured in a drama called Haa Mele Ditshiba in 1998. He had also performed in the drama Mmuso Hao Tate in 1991.During his absence from TV, he worked in drama production for the SABC radio station Lesedi FM. Nkhatho’s first appearance as the tough character in Rhythm City was broadcast on 24 January. He says he could not resist the offer to make a comeback. “Most of the characters I played in the past were good guys,” says Nkha- tho. “This character, a leader of a gang in prison, challenges my versatility as an actor.” His new character is that of Lerumo, leader of the Baporofeta gang, a breakaway faction of the Marashea. To master his portrayal of this character, he has to be wily, tough and hardcore, yet very charming and persuasive. On the surface, he appears to be a man of honour and reason. Nkhatho played in the well-known television series Mopheme from the mid-1980’s to 1990’s. This drama, based on a book, has been repeated on television a few times. He played the role of Tshitso, a boy who endured a difficult life. The character resorted to calling himself Mopheme, taking revenge against those who had forced him into exile.