Most of his fans would not know his real name after he made his character Leshole Mabitsela a household name on Skeem Saam.

Leshole, real name Thabo Mkhabela recently opened up about how fans react when tyeh see him out of character saying they can’t separate him from Leshole.

“When people meet me on the street they think I am Leshole. They treat me as if I am Leshole. People think they own me. They tell me to jump but forget that I am a real person. I don’t mind it much because I love the role,” he said.

After a fan used his character name on social media, the star says fans would come up to him and tell him to behave.

“They would come to me and shout at me. They would tell me how to behave and tell me what I was doing wasn’t right. They don’t mean harm, they are just excited. But something needs to be done to educate people. They need to know what happens on TV isn’t real.”