Unveiling the Mystery: Lydia Mokgokoloshi’s Absence from ‘Skeem Saam’ as Koko Mantsha

Lydia Mokgokoloshi, the seasoned actress renowned for her roles in the Sepedi drama ‘Bophelo ke Semphekgo’ and the SABC1 soap opera ‘Skeem Saam’ as Koko Mantsha, has left fans pondering her conspicuous absence from the show. Dive into the enigmatic world of this celebrated actress and discover what lies beneath the surface.

Lydia Mokgokoloshi: A Legendary Journey

Lydia Mokgokoloshi, born in the picturesque Limpopo province in September 1939, hails from the village of Botlokwa. Her educational journey began at Mokomene School, where she completed her high school education. Subsequently, she pursued teaching at Mokopane and dedicated a decade of her life to educating others in her hometown. Her story took a new turn in 1974 when she relocated to Soweto, continuing her teaching career until her retirement in 1997. Lydia now resides with her grandchildren, the cherished legacy of her only son, who sadly passed away in 2003.

A Peek Behind the Scenes

Fans of this iconic actress have been left wondering about her reduced screen time in ‘Skeem Saam,’ where she embodies the role of Katlego Peterson’s grandmother, Koko Mantsha. In July 2020, Sowetan reported that Lydia Mokgokoloshi had decided to take a well-deserved break from acting after faithfully portraying Koko Mantsha since the soap opera’s inception in 2011.

Lydia Mokgokoloshi

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Lydia Mokgokoloshi

Lydia Mokgokoloshi

While her absence may have raised concerns among the show’s dedicated viewers, there’s no need to fret. The soapie’s spokesperson, Sumanya Mogola, clarified that Mokgokoloshi remains an integral part of the show, albeit with reduced on-screen appearances. Mogola stated, “She will still be in and out of the story. She just won’t be shooting as much as she used to. Our shooting schedule gets really hectic at times, and we don’t want to wear her out. She is at a very sensitive age, so she needs as much rest, care, and comfort as possible.”

Lydia’s temporary departure from the show in 2020 coincided with her character’s relocation away from Turfloop in Limpopo, where the storyline predominantly unfolds, to her home. Prior to gracing the screens of ‘Skeem Saam,’ Lydia Mokgokoloshi was a household name for her portrayal of Mma-Nkosheng in the 90s drama series ‘Bophelo ke Semphekgo.’

The Resilient Lydia Mokgokoloshi

In July 2021, Lydia Mokgokoloshi found herself at the center of a death hoax that sent shockwaves through her fanbase. Movement president Mphoza Mashabela revealed to Daily Sun that this unfortunate fake news incident led to a collective realization that Lydia deserved to be honored while she was still with us. Mashabela emphasized, “We realized that throughout her career, she has never been honored in her own province, yet she’s done so much to put our province on the map.”

In conclusion, while Lydia Mokgokoloshi’s presence on ‘Skeem Saam’ may have become more sporadic, her enduring legacy in the world of South African entertainment remains as strong as ever. As a celebrated actress and educator, she continues to captivate hearts and inspire those who have had the privilege of witnessing her remarkable journey.

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