Khanyi Mbau's tearful reality breakdown

2013-06-05 13:15
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – A reality check is coming for Khanyi Mbau with South African viewers who are going to see a softer side – as well as tears – from the controversial yet hugely popular media celebutant in a new buzzed about reality show premiering on in July.

Last week Mbau – who has teamed up with two other controversial and outspoken South Africa reality TV queens, Nonhle Thema and Babalwa Mneno – suffered an emotional breakdown and started crying as the cameras rolled for Reality Check, a new reality show starting on 9 July at 18:05 on

In the show, the three usually sharp tongued celebs known for causing social media buzz and living the bling high life of South Africa's emergent glitter class, wept as they visited a charity running a feeding programme for hungry South Africans.

The reality show takes the three celebrities out of their comfort zone to do charity work and see another side to life in South Africa, far away from the designer clothing, bright lights and bling of their daily lives.

"All we did was just cry. We couldn't even talk. We spoke in tears," Mbau told Channel24.

"I consider myself a very strong person. I think I'm not emotional. I'm not run by emotions. Tuesday last week we were sent to a health house where they feed the needy. And we all got emotional. It made me see the seriousness of how people suffer in this country, still. Some of us are fortunate. We call ourselves free but we're not free yet in this country. We haven't covered all ground yet when it comes to helping South Africans. People are suffering. It is terrible."

'Nonhle and Babalwa are real about life'

Mbau told Channel24 that it was "an honour" to appear with Thema and Mneno in the reality show.

"They are two women who I respect. They've had enough bad and good publicity – unlike these new girls in the industry now who want to have a certain image – a façade – to sell their business. Nonhle and Babalwa are real about life. They've been through all the badness and good," said Mbau. "That's why I can work with them anytime because they know the game and they respect it."

Mbau also has advice for fame seekers and wannabe reality show stars.

"If you really want to be a public interest property, you need to be passionate. You need to know the reasons you want to do this. You need to understand this business. You need to love every aspect of it. And for every good there's bad and for every bad there's good. And it's 99% bad that you'll experience because the world is judgemental and unforgiving. If you've got passion it will drive you and you will be able to carry on forever and during difficult times. And you will love what you do and you won't do drugs and commit suicide – but if you're not it can kill you and you will die."

Mbau said Reality Check will show "a side to me you've never seen. It gives a human aspect. People always ask 'Why are you famous?' Well, you'll be able to answer for yourself once you've seen Reality Check in July.”

She added: "It took me four months to decide if I want to do this show because I was against the element of reality. I think as South Africans we haven't cracked the formula of shooting a proper reality show. We call it reality and then it looks like a documentary.

"And I still think South African society is conservative still, so if you have to party up a storm and pay a million rand for your bar bill you get in trouble – someone will call you from 3rd Degree or Carte Blanche and they want to know why. But then when the producers and brought about the twist of why Reality Check will be different, it got me excited and it looked attractive.

"They said to me 'We will give you a side which will humanise you. We're going to make you do stuff which you're not comfortable with. We are going to show your soft side."


  • Semma Aphane - 2013-06-05 14:00

    This type of show is already showing on V Entertainment mos? Why should we see reality check from this three is beyond me. Obviously e-tv are lacking creativity.

      Kgolo Wa Tseka - 2013-06-05 14:55

      will understan if i where to watch bonang,minnie nd boity.dat duo is seriously boring

      Tshepo Ally - 2013-06-05 15:09

      Trio, not duo.

  • Gert Vermaak - 2013-06-05 14:04

    thank goodness I have dstv. Time for this local bs I have not.

      Thobelani Ndlovu - 2013-06-06 10:45

      White and black people in this country we living in a completly different worlds,so i wouldn't be suprised if you decide to watch The Kardashians over local productions that has 3 black women.

      Lynn Herbst - 2013-06-29 10:14

      You're PATHETIC! You haven't even seen the show yet! Don't be so judgemental!

  • Tebogo Lerole EdwardBillion - 2013-06-05 14:35

    I can't wait to see what Miss Mbau gets up to with Nonhle and Barbs, as she's kept the show hush hush to me. From this article it sounds interesting and I can't wait to see young people of South Africa giving back to previously disadvantaged communities and helping the needy. Big up to Etv, Endemol and Charlie's Angels and I must say Khanyi you sound matured ma'am. I am proud of you EB

  • Akalungz - 2013-06-05 15:04

    Eeeerrr, I dont care and wont watch it...maybe I was if that Nonhle person wasnt part of it, I am not her fan shame sorry.....

  • DonMpho Lefifi - 2013-06-05 20:05

    lets give them a chance they are our daughters they messed lately but lets see what they are trying to teach us now

  • Loud Zondo - 2013-06-06 01:06

    This is a joke, people must be paid to help? really when you ask them to give you a product or come help their will lie to you. its sad that Etv find a schedule for such but not for the really reality TV show but really joung people who are worth seeing and celebrating.

  • Porshe Vrebec - 2013-06-06 03:09

    I like bab'lwa but in this photo's they look like she-male's all of them.

  • George Letlole - 2013-06-19 08:24

    As 4babalw claimd not 2date sa guyz,so wo in sa must watch yal cheap skirts?needin extra cash? Wers wealthy grandfadas 2da rescue old men! Do u no mr sexwale is single,try him sure he'l pay beta dan etv a nyt

  • Lynn Herbst - 2013-06-29 10:16

    Proud to be the Mother of one of he production crew!

  • Neo Kalake - 2013-10-24 17:15

    awwww i love these three beauties, flawless, absolutely amazn. keep it up my ladies, u r a true inspiration to me. much love.lets give em a chance folks, everybody deserves that, including them.good work etv, xoxo

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