Uzalo actress Nompilo Maphumulo got the shock of her life when she found out she was the pawn of fake news doing the rounds. An open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa was written on a “dodgy” website and her picture used to seem like she wrote it.
“I started reading it and I was totally freaked out. I know I'd never do such but the fact it's going around and that's what people were reading and there's a person out there who could be so cruel and why would they choose me scared me a lot,” Nompilo tells Move!.
It is not the first time the 37-year-old actress has been a victim of fake news. “There has been news that I died in car crash and my picture being used in posters for events I know nothing about,” she adds.
Nompilo would like to know who wrote the letter and wants the person to face the full might of the law. She’s been playing Nosipho in Uzalo, the SABC1 drama that boasts over 9 million viewers, for over six years.
“Some people cannot tell the difference between TV and reality. I somehow think whoever wrote this was targeting Nosipho rather than Nompilo. Could be an obsession, could be worse. It's important that the viewers understand the difference. Nosipho is not real."
"These incidents should stop. They are abusive. I know some colleagues have gone through similar situations,” Nompilo says.
All she wants is to continue to do what she loves, playing Nosipho, but continues to find herself in love triangles and relationship drama.