As the host of a hit reality TV dating show, Lerato Mvelase has learnt a lot about love.
After two seasons of presenting Mzansi Wethu’s Seng’Khathele, the presenter has seen shocking, heart-breaking stories of dysfunction and abuse that lead to relationships breaking down.
The show, she tells us, has taught her not to rush into love.
“Most of us women think the butterflies in our stomachs automatically mean he’s the one and we rush to commit. [But] Some men are with you to give you an experience of great sex and to discover fun things about yourself,” Lerato says.
The 37-year-old encourages women to get to know their
partners before committing to a relationship. “Experience him when he is in
love with you, when he is hurt, angry, at his lowest and highest. People can’t
pretend forever, at some point he will show you his true colours.
“Women should commit to kind men, even during a fight, a disagreement or you’re not together anymore, he is still able to be kind,” she adds.
Presenting Seng’Khathele has been a rollercoaster of emotions that’s seen the TV star laugh and cry with the couples she’s trying to help.
But she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I get to do what I love, talk about one of the most sensitive issues that affect all aspects of one’s life: relationships,” she tells Move!.
“I feel warm inside at the thought that many viewers have been influenced to relook and rethink the relationships they are in.”
Now the season finale has aired, fans of Seng’Khathele can’t wait for the new season. Lerato is blown away by the response. “I never thought people would receive the show as we wanted them to – which is to help people in abusive relationships free themselves,” she says.