Talented South African actress Lesego Marakalla rose to superstardom after she landed the role of Rachel Kunutu aka Dynamite, on the SABC 1’s hit soapie Skeem Saam. The role catapulted her acting career to even greater heights, and she became a household name with a legion of fans.
The dynamite introduced to us the “soft life” on the small screens. Her then much talked character Rachel Kunutu, married her toxic sugar daddy Marothi- who sponsored her lavish lifestyle. Rachel used to set tongues wagging with her crazy expenditures.
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Sis was set on living soft and she was unbothered by what peeps thought of her. On their wedding day she did Marothi dirty. Rachel left him breathing through the wound after she become a runway bride, ditching him on their special day.
Lesego’s acting prowess and dedication to her craft left viewers on the edge of their collective seats. The actress would successfully top the Twitter trends list as tweeps sang her praises for her brilliant acting. But, fans were left heartbroken after reports emerged that she was exiting the show after playing Rachel Kunutu for almost a decade.
Lesego left the show to pursue her academic endeavors, but on-screen she left to study medicine in Cuba. Viewers were sad to see her last performance on the show, In her last episode, Rachel was seen carrying a luggage while she made her way to catch a maxi-taxi. In the last shot, she winked at the camera – and it came to light that all things pertaining to Rachel had come to an end.
After the episode, she took to her social media account to bid farewell to her fans, and showed gratitude to them for their support, “It’s been good, God has been good! Thank you all for your love and support.. The messages, ka le bona. I really appreciate you guys,” she wrote.
Viewers have been asking what she has been up to since she left the show. Lesego who was thrust into the spotlight with her acting journey is one of Mzansi’s most private stars.
The actress used to make headlines solely with her acting career. She has mastered the arts of keeping her life private and the proof is in the pudding. Her Instagram account is now private, and it is not easy to see what she has been up to lately.
Although Lesego has been away from the spotlight according to various media reports she is changing people’s lives. The actress reportedly announced that she was the ambassador of On Point Health Care. According to reports Lesego assisted rape survivors health from their ordeals by creating robust healing conversations. We absolutely miss her on the small screens and we cannot wait for her return.
It is no secret that the entertainment industry is often described as ‘cut throat’. Actors randomly disappear from the limelight to pursue other interests. Another actor who fell off the radar is actor Rantebeng Makapan who played the role of Thomas Mashaba on generations. Rantebeng was the son of businessman Thomas Mashaba, but he vanished from the spotlight.
A couple of years ago he bagged a role on SABC2’s Muvhango. Speaking to ZAlebs about his character Morapedi Mojalefa he said: “Morapedi recently came back from Russia where he was studying medicine, but he did not complete his studies. While he was based in Russia, he made investments and became a businessman, Morapedi has decided to come back home in SA to continue with business,” said Rantebeng.
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