The Queen’s Goodness on rape: We need to have serious conversations

Actress Zenande Mfenyana hopes the shocking storyline will make a real difference

31 January 2019 - 10:37 By Kyle Zeeman
Actress Zenande Mfenyana plays Goodness in 'The Queen'.
Actress Zenande Mfenyana plays Goodness in 'The Queen'.
Image: Instagram/Zenande Mfenyana

Actress Zenande Mfenyana, who plays the role of Goodness on Mzansi Magic drama The Queen, says her character's storyline of being raped by her partner is one she hopes will help and give courage to those who may be in the same situation.

Goodness' rape at the hands of Thabiso has had viewers across Mzansi on the edge of their seats and has sparked conversation about rape on social media.

While the story of being raped by a partner is a living reality for so many women in SA, the show touched on another dynamic of the issue this week when Goodness told her mother about the rape and was barely believed.

As women continue to flood social media with similar experiences, Zenande has taken to her own social media account to offer support and encouragement to women.

The Queen has previously cast the spotlight on domestic abuse and suicide, and Zenande said it was important to have such conversations.

"We need to start having these serious conversations, a lot of people are in the dark about what rape really is," she told fans on social media this week. 

She said that if just one person was able to get help because of her character's ordeal, it would be worth it.

"I hope somehow through the rape storyline on The Queen some light will be shed," she added.