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

‘Tbose is Jeffrey Dahmer’: ‘The River’ fans react to Cornet’s role

Actor Cornet Mamabolo, who played Tbose Maputla in ‘Skeem Saam’ plays a serial killer Lerumo in ‘The River’.

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

The River viewers took to social media to react to actor Cornet Mamabolo’s latest role as serial killer Lerumo in the 1Magic telenovela. The star exited Skeem Saam in 2021, where he played the character of Thabo “Tbose” Maputla in the SABC1 soapie.  

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Skeem Saam and The River fans are comparing actor Cornet Mamabolo’s new character Lerumo to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer after he killed a girl in Refiliwe, took out her eyes, and bottled them as part of his collection.  

While The River fans are terrified of Mamabolo’s new role, Skeem Saam fans hope the actor will return to his role as Mapitsi’s husband Thabo “Tbose” Maputla.  

The star revealed he’s joined the award-winning telenovela The River on his Facebook account and shared his new gig on his social media with a picture of two actors from the telenovela.   

“I know you missed me on your screens, I’m coming different this time.”   

Mamabolo, who joined Skeem Saam in 2021 played the role of teenager Thabo until his character grew, got married, and left Turfloop for a business opportunity overseas.     

He’s is the second star to join the 1 Magic telenovela ahead of season six after legendary actor Siyabonga Thwala, who joined the show as Bangizwe Zwane.  

Drum Magazine reveals that Thwala’s character is a businessman who wants to win Lindiwe Dikana’s heart.      

Thwala will debut in season six after the departures of actors Hlomla Dandala who plays Lindiwe Dikana’s husband Zweli Dikana, Lawrence Maleka who plays Zolani, and Tango Ncetezo who plays Paulina.  

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“Lerumo kills girls and then takes out their eyes as a collection the writers created our very own SA Jeffery Dahmer but he kills girls instead and doesn’t eat organs.”  


“I thought maybe Lerumo wa loya (practicing witchcraft) because the girl looked so confused gore where is she at all of a sudden. Also, this is such a random storyline.”  


“Maybe Lerumo is here to kill and sell girl’s body parts to ngaka ya Lebowakgomo very scary.”  


“Lerumo’s motives for being a serial killer might be: 1. His mom left him or 2. Rakgadi killed his dad (in an act of self-defense) but ke bhod (I’m bored) because Lerumo will be exposed before Angelina.” 


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