Zolisa Xaluva opens up about playing Melusi on #Gomora.

Zolisa Xaluva opens up about playing Melusi on #Gomora.

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RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 02: Zolisa Xaluva, Black Wyatt Earp, Sew the Winter to my Skin for Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film during the 13th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) at the Sun City Superbowl on March 02, 2019 in Rustenburg, South Africa. The Awards, organized by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), seek to honour, celebrate and promote the creativity, quality and excellence of South African Film and Television talent and productions, and serve to encourage entrepreneurship and the development of new talent within the industry. (Photo by Gallo Images / Lefty Shivambu)

Popular actor Zolisa Xaluva has won over audiences round the world together with his role as Melusi on popular Mzansi Magic drama Gomora, and says his character has taught him tons about handling personal trauma.

Sitting down (virtually) with TshisaLIVE back in July, Zolisa explained that too often parents carry tons of private baggage when raising their children.

““I am not a father. I even have never been a dad, but I learn a day about patience and allowing children to be themselves. Also allowing yourself, as a father, to not allow your own personal pain to be reflective within the way you raise your child. It’s vital to possess personal growth before (you have children),” he said, noting that Melusi’s pain is showing within the way he raises his son.
Zolisa Xaluva

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He said that tons of individuals can relate to Melusi’s struggles, including himself.

“A lot of individuals , especially black people, can relate. I do personally also . My dad was very strict growing up. We had a strict upbringing, my brother and that i , where there wasn’t much room for your own personal opinion, everything was quite enforced on you.

“But i’m also glad to mention that I even have a far better relationship with my father now as a grown man than once I was younger. I find that he’s more of a lover . i feel he has also learnt that ‘eish, I don’t got to be an equivalent thanks to my children as my father was to me’.”