'Skeem Saam' actresses Florence Masebe and Harriet Manamela as Meikie Maputla.

‘Skeem Saam’ actresses Florence Masebe and Harriet Manamela as Meikie Maputla. Images via X @SkeemSaam3

‘Skeem Saam’: Is Florence Masebe better than Harriet Manamela?

Veteran actress Florence Masebe has temporarily replaced Harriet Manamela as Meikie Maputla in ‘Skeem Saam’.

'Skeem Saam' actresses Florence Masebe and Harriet Manamela as Meikie Maputla.

‘Skeem Saam’ actresses Florence Masebe and Harriet Manamela as Meikie Maputla. Images via X @SkeemSaam3

Fans of the educational soapie, Skeem Saam are comparing actresses Florence Masebe to Harriet Manamela

IS MASEBE BETTER THAN MANAMELA?

Actress Florence Masebe debuted on the SABC1 soapie, Skeem Saam on Wednesday, 15 May as Meikie Maputla.

This comes after actress Harriet Manamela, who played the first Meikie Maputla was placed on sick leave. Masebe has temporarily replaced Manamela.

Viewers of the show took to social media to reflect on Masebe’s performance as the second Meikie.

While some viewers agree the veteran actress has been acing the role for her portrayal of the Maputla matriarch, some wish for Manamela’s return.

Sunday World reports that Manamela has recovered from her hip surgery and is ready to return to the show.

‘SKEEM SAAM’ FANS REACT TO MEIKIE’S STORYLINE

@kamogelo_chill: “Not in a bad way neh!? The problem is that people expect the same behavior from the actor who replaces the original one. Unfortunately, it is never going to work, Mama Florence is an actor, and she is doing amazing as Meikie. We need to learn to separate the actor from character.”

@SefakoX: “Not that I’m taking anything from Florence Masebe or undermining her performance, but honestly speaking Meiki Maputla’s role is her own role.”

@kamogelo_chill: ” #SkeemSaam I really wish some people could separate actors from characters, then they will be able to enjoy acting as a whole. Florence Masebe is doing amazing as Meikie Maputla. We cannot expect the same acting style from her to match Harriet’s one. It does not work that way.”

@geesum: “Flo Masebe speaks Sepedi better than most of these regular #SkeemSaam actors.”

ACTRESS EXPLAINS HER BREAK FROM THE SHOW

Kaya 959 reports that Skeem Saam actress Harriet Manamela confirmed she had a hip replacement surgery at the beginning of the year.

“I had a hip replacement surgery beginning of the year hence I was given a break from shooting. Thank you to everyone for wishing me well. Even though there was no clear explanation why I had to be off the screen and production had to find a sit in for me.

“Your support and wishing me well humbles my heart and you all much appreciated. Now that production is on a shooting break it’s more time to enjoy seeing people and catching up.”