Meet Mpumi, the newest housewife on RHOJ


Newcomer to The Real Housewives of Johannesburg Mpumi Mophatlane tells us why the show is as real as it gets.

She calls herself the ‘queen of shade’, and Mpumi Mophatlane isn’t afraid to get spicy! Mrs Mops is bringing “everything fabulous, everything fantastic, personality, drive, motivation, and fashion”. We spoke to the newest housewife about her TV debut.

What made you want to appear on the show?
I thought it would be fun and an amazing opportunity to connect with women like myself.

What misconceptions do people have about the show that you want to address or correct?
The biggest misconception people have about the show is that it’s superficial and fake, which is not true. The women on the show connect on a deeper level, and even when we fight we always make up. We have formed a wonderful sisterhood.

How did the filming schedule impact your day-to-day life? 
The filming schedule was hectic, but all in all, we got what we wanted and it was fun.

What do you value most in a friend?
Without a doubt, honesty.

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Who was your favourite housewife from the first season? 
Definitely Evodia, aka Madame; she is absolutely fascinating to watch. 

How does it feel to watch the episodes for the first time when they are broadcast? 
It’s scary and nerve-wracking, because we don’t get a preview. 

What overseas housewife do you identify with the most?
My favourite housewife from overseas is Lisa Rinna from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – because, like me, she is an actress and we’re both obsessed with leopard print.

What traits in yourself do you like the most and the least?
The traits I like about myself are that I’m humble and very patient. What I dislike about myself is that I’m very competitive. I tend to compare myself to others a lot; I have to work on that.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?
Going to Paris with my husband. It’s my favourite place.

If you had one do-over in your life, what would you do?
I wouldn’t do over anything in my life. I believe you walk the path that has been set for you, and that everything happens for a reason.

What song are you playing on repeat right now?
“Brown Skin Girl” by Beyoncé; I love it so much.

What makes you smile?
My three little children and our crazy puppy.

Are you a cat person or a dog person?
Dog person through and through.

Do you have a recurring nightmare, or what’s your worst fear?
Oh no, no nightmares over here, and no fears.

The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S2 premieres on Friday 18 October on 1Magic (103) at 19:00

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