Skeem Saam star Bongani Masondo has explained why he has put his plans to practise as a traditional healer on hold to pursue his music and acting career.

The actor has opened up about why he had to put everything on hold to go to initiation school back in 2011 at the height of his career.

He spoke to Move! about his decision to hold off on being a practising sangoma after he returned from initiation school.

“I had to thwasa because there was so much going on. I went to an initiation school‚ where I learnt a lot‚” he said.

But after going to the initiation school‚ I had to ask them to allow me to continue with my career and put my sangoma duties on hold‚” he said.

The actor‚ who has now captured the hearts of many South Africans as Mangaliso aka Babymaker‚ also said he is not putting it off indefinitely but plans on going back when “time allows“.

“I am still going to practise as a sangoma‚ but when the time allows. For now‚ my focus is on music and acting‚” he said.

Bongani has previously shared his passion for music and forms part of a musical duo named Tu Black. He has told Sowetan that he hopes to bring a brand of hip-hop that “represents diverse cultures in South Africa and is a fusion of Kwaito and R& B“.

“We are not trying to sound American‚ we are original. Our beats may be modernised but our lyrical content is purely South African‚” Bongani said at the time.

Tu Black write and recite their verses in both vernacular and English.