By Tamlyn Canham
The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on the entertainment industry, and nobody knows that more than Itumeleng Bokaba.
The ‘Rhythm City’ actress took to Instagram to reveal that her car was almost repossessed during the pandemic.
She revealed that she was unable to maintain her car payments but managed to “escape the heartache of a repossession”.
“Things are a little bit hectic for me right now on the job front,” she wrote.
Itumeleng said she is sharing her story because she wants her fans to know the realities of what the pandemic has done to everyone.
“It’s not just you who might be going through it and it’s okay. Too many people suffer depression from losing material possessions because they are embarrassed or shocked it could happen to them,” she said.
The actress added that “life is unpredictable”, but one should never give up.
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SA artists struggle
Several stars have been open about how the pandemic has affected their finances over the past year.
Zodwa Wabantu turned to selling eggs and live chickens to help her during the pandemic.
Singer Simphiwe Dana revealed in July that she was relying on her royalties to help pay the bills.
“I just received funds from @SAMROMusic. I’ll be ok for another month. Bears the question why actors don’t have royalties like we do,” she tweeted.
I just received funds from @SAMROMusic. I’ll be ok for another month. Bears the question why actors don’t have royalties like we do.
— #BamakoIsHere (@simphiwedana) May 5, 2020