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Ex-Convict Bags Dream Job On Muvhango

Actress Morwesi Theledi played the lead role in the play Stories Behind Bars: Volume Three.

MORWESI Theledi has become the first female ex-convict to score a TV role.

The actress, who spent 10 years behind bars for defrauding a bank, has joined the cast of Muvhango as Mantwa.

Morwesi told Daily Sun she couldn’t believe it when she got the call-up.

“I started crying because it was a big deal for me. I had been struggling to find employment because of my past,” Morwesi said.

The 38-year-old said she believed her time in prison was a blessing in disguise.

“I don’t want to lie and say life behind bars was easy. It was extremely difficult. On certain days, you long for small things like a hug or being around family. But you can’t, and that leaves you with a feeling of emptiness,” she said.

“But it was a blessing in disguise because the skills I got through the arts and culture programme helped me land a good job.”

When she was sentenced, Morwesi was pregnant and later gave birth in jail.

“After giving birth, I spent two years with my son. He knew who I was and I’m grateful for that because it could have been worse. I could have been a stranger to him when I was released,” she said.

“We have a healthy relationship. I didn’t struggle with reconnecting with him when I was released. He also visited me every week.”

Morwesi said she committed a crime because her life was threatened by a group of criminals.

“I have no fear because of the relationship I have with God,” she said.

“At Word of Mouth, we cast people based on talent, not background. We believe in second chances. She has been well-received by Mzansi and we are proud of her.”

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