Muvhango, one of Mzansi’s best soap networks, has been on air for almost 25 years and the female hosts are cheering on their heroes on Women’s Day.
Tuesday, August 9, marks the anniversary of the great women’s march of 1956, in which thousands of South African women marched to protest the pass.
Muvhango actresses Maumela Mahuva, Constance Sibiya and Candy Magidimisa paid tribute to the characters many watch daily on SABC 2.
Maumela, who plays Susan Mukweva, says she is in awe of Susan, who has gone from being a submissive housewife with no formal education, struggling to be accepted in the heart of a polygamous husband, to becoming a nurse. Maumela’s statement said her character had transformed from “a gentle housewife who allowed her husband to attract various women into their lives, to becoming the self-advocating matriarch of the Mukweba family”.
She adds that despite being involved with a polygamous boss, Susan managed to become a professional nurse and gained confidence, status and courage.
Sibiya, who plays the role of Vho-Hangwani, says her character has multiple layers and strengths, which she enjoys playing the part.
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“She promotes the ideals of female independence. Although she is married to Guizar, who is a member of the royal council, she is a strong, powerful woman who runs her own business and never relies on a man to get the job done. I also like her strong maternal instincts,” she said.
Magidimisa, who plays the role of Sharon Mukweva, admits that the hero has made mistakes, but learns from them.
“Although she is sometimes impulsive and susceptible to the manipulation of others, she is her own person. She has her own personality and trajectory that she follows, and her own ambitions and goals outside of her family’s expectations.”
The women agree that the future is bright for South African girls.