They make no mistake when they call her the TV queen of fun. Thembsie Matu, who plays the character of Sis Ribs on Mzansi Magic’s Rockville, knows how to make viewers laugh with her sarcastic remarks. Not really different from the character she plays, she tells Move! that like Sis Ribs she also believes in calling a spade a spade, especially when it comes to raising her children.
RELATIONSHIP WITH CHILDREN
“I strongly believe in honesty as a mother. It helps no one if you beat around the bush about issues when you talk to your children,” says the mother of two. “I tell my children about my past mistakes. I do this so that they will not blame me for not guiding them.” She goes on to say, “As parents, we need to be observant towards our children and one should definitely not be afraid to open up about the challenges that they will encounter. In whatever I do I give my daughter (22) and son (26) the chance to choose their own paths in life. But as their mother, I have the duty to guide and support them.”
The actress, who refrains from talking too intimately about her relationship with her husband of over two decades, says she would have not been able to raise her children without him. “My husband has been supportive. While I travelled, he was there giving our children love. I also thank God for giving us strength,” she says.
NO TO BLESSERS
Expressing her view on the current Rockville storyline, Thembsie says, “Personally, I do not agree with the idea of blessers, it is absolutely disgusting.” Her remarks come after 16-yearold Bassie, played by Kamo Modisakeng, chose an older man over her family claiming that she is madly in love. “For me a 16-year-old is still a child, they are still soft, vulnerable and they are not emotionally matured.”
COMMUNITY AT HEART
The actress is a firm believer in hard work and has renovated her RDP house from her own pocket. “I love the township. I would never move to the suburbs,” she says. The 51-year-old actress, who has been in the entertainment industry for more than 25 years, is making sure of this by giving back to her community. “I have my own acting agency and training school for up and coming actors.
The school is called Thembsie Matu Dramatic Arts School and some of my actors feature as extras on Rockville and The Queen,” she says. She also helps children with school uniform out of her own pocket. “I help children who cannot afford school uniform. I know it is tough to go through school without proper uniform,” says Thembsie. “I remember going through school with a second-hand uniform. I urge those who have the means to help a child get a new uniform to do so.”