Eric Macheru on hardships of losing his brother


He portrays the character of Leeto Maputla on Skeem Saam who always gets into trouble, and gets his family to bail him out. Eric Macheru (30) says between his character and himself both are being misunderstood, he says he doesn’t often get into trouble like Leeto even though he also has had his own naughty moments growing up.


Eric Macheru explains to Move! that he had a difficult time growing up with his family. When his brother died he never thought that he might be able to move on due to the tragedy that has occurred to his family but accepted that everything happens for a reason. He believes that the death of his brother is the reason why he is where he is now.

“I lost my brother and I think it was one of the hardest emotional experiences we ever endured. My brother was involved in a car accident. I was very young and got really confused for why it happened, I just had so many unanswered questions,” he says.

“It is not easy to talk about it sometimes, but the only way to deal with my brother’s death was to talk to someone about it so that I will be able to move forward.”


After the tragic death of his brother, Eric says he had to move on but didn’t know where to start. Eric was a talented soccer player and he wanted to pursue a professional soccer career.

“I had passion for playing soccer in a professional level but unfortunately, I had a major injury that the doctor said I should stay away from playing soccer ,” says Eric.

Eric says because he went to study film at AFDTA and that’s where he had alternative of choosing the acting career.

“I have been a fan of Skeem Saam since its first episode, and I was interested in getting to the cast. Then Skeem Saam held auditions looking for someone who will play Leeto. I went to audition confidently but did not get the part. Luckily enough, I went again to audition for it and that’s when I got the part,” he says.

Eric also shared with Move about the relationship between himself and Cornet Mamabolo who plays the character of Thabo Maputla as his little brother.

“Cornet is like a little brother to me like we see it on the story. I am grateful that I had him by my side because he supported me, and also he taught me a lot especially where I lacked” he adds


Eric grew up in a township called Seshego with both parents and three brothers which one passed away in 2007.

“I had a great childhood. I didn’t get everything I wanted and I am glad because I had to teach myself to value everything that I work hard for. I am really grateful that my family has being there for me, and the support. I am also thankful for everything that I’ve achieved,” he concludes.

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