Getting real

TVPlus - English2 July 2020

Getting real
Actor Vusi opens up about his character’s recent coming-out storyline and why it’s so important.
LEZANNE JANSE VAN RENSBURG

So far, 2020 has been a horror show for Clement (Vusi Leremi). Forced to come to terms with fellow pupil Jonas’s (Mashako Mathews Mokgale) death at a school trip in April this year, Clement has battled. With all fingers pointing at him for Jonas’s death, we bet Clement would give anything to turn back time. But things keep getting worse, and in June, he faced his greatest battle to date: he came out as gay.

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As the disciplinary hearing into the school tragedy reached its peak, poor Clement had little choice but to reveal this personal side to the school board prematurely. “He had initially planned to come out in varsity where he might be living at res, that way, it might have been easier for his family to accept it,” Vusi says since he would leave again after telling them, and therefore giving his family space to deal with the news.

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