Love him or hate him, you cannot deny that the 21-year-old LaSizwe has successfully made a name for himself despite all the hardships he’s endured.
At the age of 18, LaSizwe sadly lost his mother. Her untimely passing forced LaSizwe to leave his childhood behind and become an adult in a matter of months. His mother’s death also made the social media sensation realise that the world owed him nothing.
Fast-forward to 2019 and LaSizwe’s YouTube channel has nearly 200 000 subscribers, he partners with the biggest brands in the country, and has a popular reality show that has run into its second season. Season 1 of @Lasizwe: Fake It Till You Make It is on Showmax and Season 2 is on DStv Now.
He wants young people to seek a sense of belonging
“My reality show is more about identity, discovery and belonging. What I want for kids to learn is to have a sense of belonging because this world is ruthless.
“This world is very tough, and if you don’t have a sense of belonging you just become a floater with no roots. In Season 2, I am trying to find a space where I can call home, an area where I can be safe and a space where I can have a family. Having a sense of belonging is very important.”
He allows himself to show his vulnerability
In Season 2, we see a different and vulnerable side of LaSizwe as he finally sees a therapist with his famous sister Khanyi Mbau. What unfolds during that therapy session is a lot of daddy issues that both Khanyi and LaSizwe have never been able to address. Although the scene was quite heavy, LaSizwe and his sister did not mind baring it all for Mzansi to see.
“Opening up in my reality show is a way of me conveying a message that no matter how famous I am, the fact remains that I am still human. I still need to cry; I still go through the same emotions that you experience.
“My sister (Khanyi Mbau) has taught me the importance of remaining true to myself. So when I do so, people can’t then turn around and use my truth or my vulnerability against me.”
He treasures those who are close to him
In most cases, it is LaSizwe that brings joy into the lives of many, but we couldn’t help but wonder who brings joy into his life when he needs it?
“It’s people in my personal space, my sisters Khanyi, Zonke, my manager and my friends. It’s people I keep very close because unfortunately in this industry, you give so much of yourself and there’s little that you receive and treasure. So those are the people that I try my utmost best to keep close at all times. As you will see, these people appear a lot on the show.”