When Koko Mantsha left Turfloop, I knew Winnie Serithi’s team knew better than to replace her with another grandma. Her character was a pillar of the community, a prophetess who got some of Turfloop’s sinister characters in trouble, or out of trouble if you were Rachel Kunutu(a troublesome teenager who got married to a villain against the better judgment of her community).
Her departure made space for the return and relevance of her on-screen daughter; Charity Ramabu, who’s also a prophetess. Her character has swapped heels, wigs, train wrecked relationships, a career at the hospital to be the saviour of Turfloop.
he receives messages, then recognises and assesses her revelations, decides how to frame the message, and delivers the message to a person or people. When they receive the message they interpret its meaning and may not act upon it.
Notice how she’s so vested in Kelebogile’s case (the murdered beauty pageant that went missing last year), how she visited her father and revealed his secret; that he takes extra hours in the shower so that he can cry privately.
When she eventually blows up this case; finds out that Leeto and his wife (Mokgadi) know that she was murdered by Tumishang (who’s also dead) and kept quiet, the Maputla’s life in Turfloop will never be the same.
Charity will eventually open a prophetic practice, work with the police force, where she will address cold cases, social issues, and spiritual subjects that will help the community overcome its personal trials and find greater confidence and faith. The true test of her calling will be; when she has to apply the messages to her own personal life.