MBASA MSONGELO, who plays the rapist Vega in the e.tv soapie, Rhythm City, says he always wanted to play such a character because it challenges an actor and makes the audience uncomfortable.
He plays the man who raped Palesa, and explains the rape in terms of the character’s resentment of all women. This because one woman mistreated his dad.
The 25-year-old actor from Gcuwa in the Eastern Cape said the character had taught him not to be judgemental but also not to ignore the fact that rapists are sick people.
“You don’t know what’s happening in the mind of a rapist, and playing this role got me interested in researching the psychology of the mind of a rapist.
“In Vega’s story, he was forced to accept a new mum without being asked how he felt about it. His dad doesn’t need Vega’s approval to have a new partner, but he should’ve talked to him about it.”
Mbasa told SunBuzz that people don’t want to understand where rapists come from and are often too quick to judge.
“I don’t make excuses for rapists because I’m also scared of them. I have sisters and they are not safe because of such men.
“I don’t have a solution, but I know it starts with men,” he said.
He said women shouldn’t feel ashamed after being raped because they were not the guilty ones.
“Society is so hard on rape victims and most women don’t talk about it because of the way they’re treated,” he told the People’s Paper.
Mbasa is also known as for his role as Casper on Mzansi Magic’s Isthunzi and has won many viewers’ hearts through his goofy character antics.
- Isithunzi airs on Mondays at 8pm. RhythmCity airs on e.tv, weekdays at 7pm.