I’m not rich as my Muvhango character, says a shaken Susan Ravuku after robbers break into her home

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Actress Suzan Ravuku speaks to us about her traumatic robbery.
Actress Suzan Ravuku speaks to us about her traumatic robbery.

She's read the stories. She's heard how her fellow actors were attacked in public by fans who couldn't separate them from their characters. 

Like back in 2018 when Skeem Saam's Pretty, played by Lerato Marabe, shared with Drum that a fan once walked up to her at KFC and slapped her. 

And she's not the only one who's had to deal with such treatment. 

Now Muvhango actress Suzan Ravuku is dealing with a lot. She's taken aback by how people are treating her lately. 

Previously she was bullied for her dark skin tone, now with the current story line, people think she's rich. 

She constantly has to look over her shoulder especially in public. She still occasionally uses public transport, she says. 

“The roles I have been playing require you to be present and give it your all. It is a good thing to play a role to a point that people believe it but to go to the point of living in trauma because of the characters is scary.” 

The actress, who plays Thifhelimbilu at first kidnaps the Chief’s child, and then as her character grew she became this tenderpreneur whose life changes. She's living large on the small screen. It is this sudden wealth on the screen that was the beginning of her problems.

"People think I have money and they harass me in public.  

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“I didn’t think it was a problem at first, I thought it was a way of starting a conversation with me. But it later turned into abuse and I use public transport and now I've experience something that I never thought it would happen. People became so curious about my riches that they have invaded my home and broken into my house to steal my belongings,” she says.  

Suzan says wherever she goes, whether it is a carwash or restaurant, when she pays people do not give her change and use the things that are happening in the soapie story line to keep her change and tip themselves because she is a “tender-prenuer”. 

Then one day she came back home to an empty house.  

“It was on a Saturday in August I went to church to do décor, I have a part-time job doing events décor. When I came back home, I found that they broke into my house and they stole everything in every room, and at that time I had just bought a TV for my kid, and they took it. They use my own things to put in my stuff like the clothes, they cleaned my house and I was left with nothing,” she says.  

Suzan says some of the things she got in the passage were twin plugs and some dishes.

"I think they broke into my house thinking that they will find money because after that the struggle continued.  

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“Everyone knows that they broke into my house and they are now mocking me, asking why am I not buying furniture because I have tender money. This makes me feel unsafe and watched but it also made me realise that some people are not  educated when it comes to acting and storytelling, they think that we are living out our character. And this is not the first time. Even when I stole the Chief’s child in the soapie, I was harassed in the street and they demanded that I give back the child, and some would say it jokingly but some were ready to fight for the Chief’s child,” she says.  

It's a scary experience. 

"From the day of the incident, I couldn’t sleep in my house for two weeks, I was scared, I thought they would come back because they didn’t find me the first, so they will come back for me and the money that they are looking for," she tells Drum.  

She says she got the support she needed during that traumatic incident, which has enabled her to go back to her house but she's still angry about the break in.

“This inspired me to be more dedicated to acting. But I need to be careful and lay low in public because I love acting. I want to move forward and focus on my role. I am still shooting with Muvhango and I am happy to have kept my job, but people need to know that we are only playing out a script for entertainment,” she says. 

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