'The River'

‘The River’ actor Cornet Mamabolo as Lerumo. Image via Twitter @1MagicTV

‘The demon in me woke up’: Cornet on his role in ‘The River’

Former ‘Skeem Saam’ actor Cornet Mamabolo opens up about playing a serial killer Lerumo in 1Magic’s telenovela ‘The River’.

'The River'

‘The River’ actor Cornet Mamabolo as Lerumo. Image via Twitter @1MagicTV

Talented actor Cornet Mamabolo, who took a break from Skeem Saam in 2021 to focus on his insurance business discusses his comeback in The River as Lerumo.  

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The actor-businessman Cornet Mamabolo tells Drum Magazine that he joined The River as serial killer Lerumo as he missed acting after exiting Skeem Saam.  

Mamabolo adds that returning to TV was not as easy as he imagined but he took the role because he won’t is around for too long.  

“It was tough but the cast made it easy, they are experienced and accommodative, the directors also managed to bring me into the world of the show and the relationship dynamics of the characters that has already been established. When I received the character brief, the demon in me woke up, you know the love of acting evoked”.  

He says he was focused on his insurance business because he wanted to stabilize it. “Because the demand was high and the clientele was going, so I needed to make sure that it is stable on the branches and that is exactly what I have done, hence there is this opportunity for me to do this short role.”  

“I have learned that the passion for this is really keeping me sane in business because naturally I am an artist as much as I am an entrepreneur.   

“Then having to do it again and differently this time, I realised there was a void, which just automatically filled when I got onset.”  

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The actor, who is known for his Skeem Saam role as Thabo Maputla says the new character is a challenging one for him.  

“He is a half-brother to Khabzela [played by Thabiso Segohadi]. They share the same father but have different mothers. He’s from a village called Lebowakgomo and was raised by his grandmother because his mother was really never there for him.”  

“He comes from a very tough background and got arrested at the age of 19, and then spent six years in prison because of a rape case. He was framed after the lady he dated was caught cheating by her husband and Lerumo didn’t know she was married, and because the lady didn’t want to admit to cheating, she lied and said Lerumo raped her.”  

Mamabolo adds that he had to do a bit of research on serial killers from documentaries when he landed the role.   

“Eventually I managed to get a grip of it. I think also trying to have fun with it has also allowed me to bring the character to life.” 

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