Social entrepreneur, singer, artist and actor Nkokheli Oros Mampofu dramatically exited SABC1’s Skeem Saam following his death scene on Friday.
This was after his character Jama drowned in a pool of his vomit following a heavy boozing session on his 20th birthday.
Mampofu says Jama’s parents will demand answers from his close friends and associates.
And although the death scene marks his departure from Skeem Saam, the 25-year-old promises that his fans will not miss him on the small screen.
That’s because there are “greater projects I’m working on” in the pipeline – in the next few weeks and later in the year.
“Look, I’ve only been in this craft for just over two years, but I’m already moving to a different platform, working on a different genre altogether. It’s all about learning and growing,” Mampofu says.
“I’m back on TV in the next few weeks. The death of Jama marks the birth of new characters on TV, then toward the end of the year, there are bigger projects that should definitely be game-changers.
“I joined Skeem Saam in season 3. It’s been two-and-half-years, but it seems like ages. I’m here to stay to tell the African story. This is the transition I needed.”
The plot leaves everyone reeling from Jama’s death, and when his parents come to fetch his belongings, they realise, for the first time, that he was not staying at the Gauteng university res and that he had died in the company of his older lover Ayanda, played by Pretty Ncayiyana.
“There’s a lot of finger pointing, with everyone blaming the other,” Mampofu says.
“In the next episodes, Jama’s death leads to frustration among his friends and parents, who can’t get answers because Jama was portrayed as this innocent clean-living young man, pushed by friends into being an alcoholic.”
And Mampofu’s TV swag doesn’t end there.
His character Phila on Mzansi Magic drama Igazi sent tongues wagging two weeks ago.
This was after a steamy on-screen gay kissing session between Phila and his boyfriend.
Speaking about the reaction to the contentious kissing scene, he says he is “very proud of the level of maturity of society” because it has been taught to live by doctrines and principles it can’t deviate from.
“Many people have been inspired by me taking the leap,” he says.
“I haven’t watched other gay kissing scenes, but I’ve been told I was natural, I didn’t hold back.
“I didn’t do it for the glamour, I was expressing the craft to the fullest and telling the story of a sub-culture that is part of our society.
“As artists, we have a responsibility to comment and express ourselves on certain subjects. I will play it again if required to. We’re people before we delve into issues of sexuality, race or political affiliations.”
In real life, Mampofu has an identical twin brother. But the actor says he (Mkhokheli) is more into commerce and business.
Mampofu says the name Oros, in his ID document, was given to him by his parents because he was a huge, “orange-coloured”, light-skinned baby.
Born in a religious family in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, his father and mother head the 12 Apostles Church in Christ.
Mampofu was first seen on the SABC1 series Kowethu and was also on the M-Net film Rise .