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Skeem Saam actor Clement Maosa speaks out – I attempted suicide twice

IT’S a moment he will never forget – the day he proposed to the love of his life. Now, they are they’re expecting their first child and preparing to walk down the aisle. Skeem Saam actor Clement Maosa (31) is living his best life.

And it’s partly thanks to his late friend Akhumzi Jezile, who was at the forefront of planning the special proposal. Akhumzi died the day Clement’s family paid lobola. “We are living on borrowed time. His death really made me value life more,” he tells Move! Now he celebrates every moment and is especially eager to be a father.

The family has always been important to Clement. He grew up in a village in Limpopo, raised by both parents. His father, William, worked at a farm and his mother, Girly, was a domestic worker. This meant they spent most of their days away from home, leaving him with his sibling Matilda, who is two years older than him.

His mother passed on when he was in matric and a month later his father died too. At the time, he was getting ready to start studying towards a law degree at the University of Limpopo. “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.” Varsity life also wasn’t easy. “I remember I wouldn’t have money for food. I would eat noodles, at the time when a packet cost R2,” he adds.

Clement Maosa

He persevered and graduated with his LLB. But his passion was for acting. He’s done and enjoyed a few plays in high school. So while completing the final year of his law degree, he decided to try his luck at a few auditions. His first big break in the industry almost didn’t happen because he didn’t have money to make it for auditions in the city of gold.

“I didn’t have the money to go. I had no friends and relatives to help me out. I needed about R350. “When I told the casting director that I would not be able to make it, I dropped the call and cried the whole night. When the sun rose, I continued to cry,” he recalls. Later that night, the casting director called again and told him they still wanted to see him.

“I got money to get to the audition, but I didn’t have any money to get back home. I had to tell the casting director yet again that I had nowhere to go because I didn’t have money.” A decision about who was going to get the role would be made that night. They made a plan for him and he was booked into a guesthouse for the night. If he didn’t make it he was going to be on the first taxi back to Limpopo in the morning. “While I was in my room a thick pile of scripts were dropped off. All 13 episodes. I didn’t sleep that night – I fell in love with Kwaito,” he says.

Source – News365coza

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