Last week ‘The River’ viewers had mixed feeling following the unexpected passing of Tumi. Larona Moagi, the actress who portrayed Tumi since 2018 had received a lot of criticism for her acting skills, prior to her departure from the telenovela at the end of season three.
As always, the cast came through and this was well noted by the viewers, who took to Twitter to give a standing ovation. More especially to, Tsholofelo Matshaba who plays Rakgadi, Thembinkosi who plays Mabutho and Sindi Dlathu’s Lindiwe Dikana.
Former The Queen actress, Dineo Langa commended the cast on their great acting.
If there is an ensemble cast that will kill it… it’s the cast of #TheRiver1Magic
— Dineo Langa (@therealdineo) February 12, 2021
— Zanele Mokoena (@zahMokoena) February 12, 2021
— Sabrina® (@sethu_gcememe) February 12, 2021
Mabutho’s prayer/monologue over Zolani’s crying after pouring the sand. Come on man! Poetry! #TheRiver1Magic
— Tk Sebothoma 👑 (@BathongTk) February 12, 2021
Tumi was killed in a helicopter crash caused by her own evil mother. After finding out that she was about to spill all her secrets, Lindiwe wasn’t going to let that happen. She shot the pilot who was steering the helicopter her daughter was in. They lost control and crashed. Tumi died on the scene.
The 24-year-old juggled her Law studies while also attending acting classes.
“I always believed in my talent as an actor and I love the law as well. When it was time to go to varsity, I chose to do a BA law degree while attending acting classes and auditions to keep the fire burning.
She appreciates the experience she’s gained on the show and standing next to television greats.
When I auditioned for The River, I was hoping to get a part, I did not realise I was going to get such a big role. Playing alongside industry greats like Bab’ Don Mlangeni has been such an honour for me. I grew up watching them on TV and now here I was. For me, that was so affirming because it meant that I have arrived and that I must put my best foot forward. (Don Mlangeni played Larona’s on-screen father, Thato Mokoena).
Larona isn’t faced with the criticism and has in fact used it to fuel her.
I don’t think you can get anywhere in life if you allow yourself to be intimidated just do your best.
There are certain skills you develop as an actor and that are what you use when you portray the character. The character that you play meets you as a person and make magic together on-screen.
Larona thanked all her fans who’ve shown her love and support from the very beginning.
I am grateful to everyone that opened their hearts to me and let me into their TV room every night. It has been a great journey. Thank you for being #TeamTumi, it has been fun.”
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