'Isithembu should be abolished' says actress Leleti Khumalo

Leleti Khumalo shares intimate details of her life as an actress, her difficulties in a polygamous marriage and the causes that she holds most dear.

Khumalo charmed her way into South Africans' hearts as a 16-year-old, starring as Sarafina in Mbongeni Ngema's production of the same name.

She has had leading roles in various productions over the years, including Generations and Yesterday.

She currently stars in telenovela Uzalo.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to her about the lessons life has taught her over the years.

Listen to the conversation below:

Even 40 years later, a lot of people watch Sarafina because they didn't know what had happened.

Leleti Khumalo, actress

Khumalo speaks out strongly against polygamy. She says the practice needs to be abolished. She herself became the second wife when she was much younger, soon after joining the cast of Sarafina.

I was very young, I didn't know what was happening... I don't want to blame him for what happened in our marriage. He told me he was going to divorce his wife and marry me.

Leleti Khumalo, actress

Khumalo founded an initiative called Leleti Khumalo's School Ground Project aimed at empowering teenagers across the country's impoverished communities.

I'm working on spreading my wings and giving back, especially the youth. Teenage pregnancy, drugs and alcohol abuse is just not for you.

Leleti Khumalo, actress

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