'Skeem Saam' actor Clement Maosa as Kwaito Zamokuhle Maputla

‘Skeem Saam’s’ Clement Maosa on playing Kwaito for 11 years & growing up poor. Image via Twitter @Skeemsaam3

‘I attempted suicide twice’: ‘Skeem Saam’ actor Clement Maosa

‘Skeem Saam’s’ Clement Maosa discusses attempting suicide after losing his parents, playing Kwaito and being ridiculed for being poor.

'Skeem Saam' actor Clement Maosa as Kwaito Zamokuhle Maputla

‘Skeem Saam’s’ Clement Maosa on playing Kwaito for 11 years & growing up poor. Image via Twitter @Skeemsaam3

Actor and musician Clement Maosa – who’s been playing Kwaito Seakamela-Maputla in Skeem Saam for over a decade says he’s all about giving back to the community as he knows what it’s like to grow up poor as he lost his parents Tlou and Mosima Maosa at 17 years.

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The Skeem Saam actor Clement Maosa who plays Kwaito in the soapie recently told Drum Magazine that he knows what it’s like to be poor.

“I grew up poor in the village and I attended a public school. I had challenges. I would envy other kids for having lunch boxes and school shoes. I was always discouraged because I was looked down upon. I attempted suicide twice after losing my parents. I felt like I had nothing to live for. Little did I know that my purpose is bigger.”

He knew he would get himself out of poverty because he put education at the centre of his life.  

“It would help to get me out of my situation. I passed grade 12 and got my matric certificate and went to university and got Bachelor of Laws.”  

The 34-year-old actor is now out of the community he grew up in and says he used fame to start going to rural communities to motivate kids who grew up like him.  

“I saw some celebrities motivated in urban areas kids but no one in the rural areas. Before the fame, I was also poor and still at varsity. I needed help myself.”  

The father of one began his charity work back in 2012 and officially launched the Bakgethwa Foundation three years ago.  

“My foundation is mainly focused on education. No matter what career path you take, football, entertainment, law, acting, or education needs to be the foundation.””

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2022 marks 11 years since the actor has been playing the role of Kwaito in SABC 1’s educational soapie Skeem Saam.  

“I have been an actor for more than two decades but professionally, it will be 11 years. It is a milestone I appreciate.“ 

“But I feel like I have just started. There’s still a lot more to do. But I am so grateful that Skeem Saam has allowed me to do the unexpected and contribute positively to my community.”  

He began playing the popular character as a teenage boy and followed his life through university.  

“His character is now a teacher at Turfloop High. He just got introduced to the teaching, back at the school where he started. “

“He is in a good space, still friends with his childhood friends. He compares himself to the learners and as time goes his story is about to unfold. I don’t want to give away too much.”  

Maosa appreciates that the show doesn’t shy away from reality as the stories are authentic, and people relate.  

“Kwaito and Clement have many similarities and I have allowed myself to be vulnerable and give myself to the character.”