Tragic end to Diphuka Rhythm City role

CURTAIN FALLS: Diphuka with David Genaro in a scene in the soapie Rhythm City. © Unknown.
CURTAIN FALLS: Diphuka with David Genaro in a scene in the soapie Rhythm City. © Unknown.

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

It is the end of the road for Diphuka of Rhythm City as tragedy awaits her. This is a self-inflicted tragedy that will see her life end abruptly through an overdose, sources within the soapie have confirmed.

The storyline ends this way to end speculation as to how the scriptwriters will "kill off" her character as she is leaving the show for good.

Sowetan today publishes the pictures of her taking the sleeping tablets that will end her life in Friday's episode.

Diphuka, whose real name is Tshepiso Mashego, told Sowetan that it was her first appearance on television. Though she is new in the industry, Mashego is established on stage.

The Pretoria-born actress has confirmed that she was leaving the soapie. "I knew my role was not that big. However, I enjoyed playing Diphuka. It's a pity that writers could not pursue my role further."

Mashego said her character was very challenging. She would have loved to watch her last episode on Friday but was busy at the moment. Mashego is currently doing James Ngcobo's industrial play Jazz for Junior.

"If I can be home in time I will watch myself dying in the soapie and see if I did justice to it," she said.

When it was introduced, the Diphuka role was not big, but over the past few weeks it has become the main attraction of the storyline.

Her character drew the attention of viewers when she claimed she had been raped by a musician, Spiro. When everyone thought she was dealing with the rape, she started fondling her aunt's fiance David Genaro (Jamie Batlett).

The secret romance with Genaro has made the show even more popular. After the little stunt she pulled last week failed, she became miserable.

However, tonight viewers will watch her drinking sleeping pills trying to end her misery.