Siphenathi has a condition called albinism. The condition affected his sight and skin pigmentation. He is a professional actor and dancer who has worked with renewed South African artists and professors. Catch the rest of his interview on Instagram
1. How has it affected your life?
I grew up in a community which didn’t understand my reality. I had to constantly fight to be recognised and accepted. As a child some kids were afraid of me, some cried and ran when I appeared. The same community gave me a name that I will unfortunately carry to my grave. They labelled me Mlungu (a Nguni word meaning a white man)
2. Has it inhibited you/your child from joining any engagements?
I never uttered this to anyone. Many men don’t see me as a real man due to my condition up until they have a talk with me. Many woman whom I have dated told me that they were just taking a chance and were never fond of me from the beginning.
I cannot run away from the fact that I am a black man covered in “white” skin.This makes it hard for people to accept me and my appearance is sometimes new to people. There are many superstitions which also play a vital role in excluding people with albinism.
3. What can society do to make it easier for you?
What would you like society to know?
That I am human. I love. I breath. I am sexually active. I bleed just like you…