It has been two years since actor and TV presenter Lesley Musina was booted form SABC 2 drama series Muvhango. But the thespian hasn’t been down and out like some tabloids have reported over the years.
The Limpopo born star has remained on three seasons of consumer-based programme Speak Out and has had a few acting stints, one of them being a film called Men in Crisis.
But his return to TV this past Sunday on Mzansi Magic drama series Omen is earning him his popularity again.
“Although I have had other small roles. I truly missed being on a drama series that unfolds as the weeks go by,” he tells Drum.
“I missed the journey of portraying someone else’s life and having viewers intrigued,” he says.
In the latest Mzansi Magic drama-series, Omen, Lesley plays the role of a high-flying lawyer Mogale Kgorompi who needs to decide whether to remain a family man or give in to his calling to take over as chief after his father is killed by a witch back home in his village.
“Mogale was raised by his uncle and never had a relationship with his parents. When his father dies, his mom comes to look for him to return home and take over,” he explains.
“I don’t want to spoil it for you. But he is caught in the middle and during this indecision, many things unfold,” he adds.
Having only seen one episode, viewers and social media comments expressed their concern for storylines related to witchcraft.
“This is not your regular witchcraft storyline,” says Lesley.
“This story portrays and educates people on how back in the day witchcraft was used positively but because of greed people started using it to harm others. And it also kills the “African stereotype” that witches travel on brooms and loaves of break.
Born and raised into a Christian family, Lesley says he has witnessed people who have confessed to being witches or to being bewitched.
“It’s real, I’ve seen many things in church. But it doesn’t affect me and it doesn’t affect many people. But I do believe it’s real.”
Lesley says ‘Omen’ will have people talking and evaluating their own spirituality as he did while working on building his character.
“While shooting, I was challenged to look at my spirituality. I took time off to even visit my grandmother in Botswana and my great grandfather and really connect with my family and my spirituality. People should really look out for the twists and turns in the series,” he encourages.
‘Omen’ plays on DSTV channel 169 Sundays at 20:00.