One of Mzansi’s hit TV soapies, Skeem Saam fans will be saddened to learn that their favourite actress Shoki Mmola is leaving the show after a decade with it.
Shoki portrayed Celia, who is married to Alfred Magongwa, played by Putla Sehlapelo. The actress constantly left viewers on the edge of their seats with her impressive acting prowess. Viewers of the show constantly praised her acting abilities on Twitter, but sadly she has left the show.
According to a statement released by the SABC, Mmola will not be featured in the new season starting Monday 4th July 2022, and It is unclear why she is leaving the show.
“Boasting a whopping 26 years of her television career, Mmola has been playing the character of ‘Celia’ on Skeem Saam for 10 years and in that role has been one of show’s lead actresses, contributing to its accomplishments over the past decade. Always keeping fans entertained, Mmola has portrayed the character of ‘Celia’ impeccably,” reads the statement.
The channel said she will be missed by fellow cast members, crew members and viewers watching at home. “We wish her well and all the best with her future ventures,” concluded.
Shoki Mmola bows out of Skeem Saam.
The SABC bits farewell to Shoki Mmola who is leaving her role as 'Celia' on @SkeemSaam3.
She will be missed by fellow cast members, crew members, and viewers watching at home. We wish her well and all the best with her future ventures. pic.twitter.com/yU0gnMP9Wj
— SABC (@SABCPortal) June 30, 2022
Fans took to the comments section to express their heartbreaks at her sudden departure from the show. Shoki’s on-screen daughter Rachel Kunutu by fan-favourite Lesego Marakalla left the show in 2020. Rachel was seen getting into a maxi-taxi carrying luggage in her last episode. With the last shot, she winked at the camera, and it became apparent that all things pertaining to Rachel were over.
After the episode, she took to her social media account to bid farewell to her fans, and showed gratitude to them for their support, “It’s been good, God has been good! Thank you all for your love and support.. The messages, ka le bona. I really appreciate you guys,” she wrote.
Another actor who left viewers sad after leaving the show is Cornet Mamabolo who played T’bose. He took a break to focus on his business ventures.
After his last episode, Mamabolo announced his departure from television on social media. He thanked the viewers for the support that they have shown him over the years.
“This is my official break from your screens as Tbose Maputla… thanks for all the support you have shown me over the years, I mean I literally matured to be the man I’m today before your eyes. This is a break for me to primarily focus on my insurance business; Digni Financial Services @dignifinancialservices Thanks Sis Winnie, SABC, cast & Crew for carrying me over the years. Till we meet again.”