Actor Nash Mphepo Under Siege
10 December 2021
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By A Correspondent| Award-winning actor Nash Mphepo says he is being harassed by the police following some of the productions that he features which are being deemed offensive.

The revelations by Mphepo comes barely months after the death of fellow actor George ‘Jiggaz’ Tanjani and actress Sitshengisiwe Olinda Siziba.

According to Nash Mphepo ,he was detained a few days ago by police and quizzed on his roles in a play that is yet to be showcased.

“I was arrested while coming from a rehearsal of a play of Flipside where I am playing the role of a fetish police boss who is in the habit of abusing sex workers in return for protecting them since sex work is criminalized in the country.

“I don’t know how they got to know about this when the play is not yet running and I strongly believe I am under surveillance,”said Mphepo.

He says  after  the suspicious  death of  George Tanjani and Sitshengisiwe Olinda Siziba,he fears he could be the next targeted.

“I am now fearing for my life looking at how Jiggaz and Sithengy died.

“Artists should have freedom of expression but it seems the ruling government has not yet reformed in guaranteeing artistes’ safety for their works,” revealed the petrified Mphepo.

The 45-year-old artiste said he does not know what awaits him after the detention where one of the police officers boasted that ‘will deal you just like we did to your friends’.

“I don’t know the pending harm to me after the detention because when I was being interrogated one police officer openly said we will deal with you just like we did to your friends, ”added  the revered actor.

In 2007 ,Nash acted in the play Super Patriots and Morons which was a   political satire that was subsequently banned by the then Mugabe regime for being offensive.