Motsi Mabuse reflected on her close relationship with her younger sister Oti and said she was trying to “push” her in her dancing career.
The Strictly Come Dancing judge, 41, said she tried to challenge her Dancing On Ice star sister, 32, but they both tried to be there to support each other as well.
Speaking on This Morning on Thursday, Motsi said she spent until the early morning hours on the phone with Oti chatting as she discussed their relationship.
Siblings: Motsi Mabuse reflected on her close relationship with her younger sister Oti and said she was trying to ‘push’ her in her dancing career
“It’s great to see Oti as an older sister because I feel like I can push her, but at the same time we can hold hands,” she said, as she promoted of his new book Finding My Own Rhythm: My Story.
Motsi went on to say that she and Oti hope they can “change people’s lives” and encourage other South Africans to take up dancing and show that anyone can do it.
She continued: ‘[Oti and I] can call, we have this connection and this belief that it all somehow leads to something.
‘We are going to change the lives of people in South Africa, or who have no sight for themselves. We don’t start at the same place, but we can do it! »
Sisters: Judge Strictly, 41, said she tries to challenge her Dancing On Ice star sister (both pictured in 2020), 32, but they both try to be there to support each other also
The sisters worked together on Strictly Come Dancing as Oti was a professional dancer while Motsi was a judge, but Oti quit the BBC show earlier this year after seven series.
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Motsi – who also has another sister Phemelo – also reflected on her upbringing in South Africa.
The professional dancer admitted that looking back on her childhood she saw the ‘difficult’ sides of it, speaking of the riots she saw in South Africa and saying it was not ‘normal’.
She explained: “I turned 40, you start looking back and then I started thinking and I thought it was a bit difficult.
Close: Speaking on Thursday this morning, Motsi said she spent until the wee hours of the morning on the phone with Oti chatting as she discussed their relationship
“One day you wake up and you can’t go to school because there are riots and there are burning tires, that’s not normal.
“Every day there was conflict, you’re black, you’re white, conflict was a daily process.”
Motsi also opened up about the racism she experienced, saying her parents encouraged her and her sisters to be the best at everything so they don’t get “stuck”.
“Our parents used to say ‘if you don’t finish your studies and if you don’t do well, there is no way out'”. It was always about being the best,” she said.
Racism: Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Motsi – who also has another sister Phemelo – also reflected on her upbringing in South Africa
“It’s the kind of vibe where we were like ‘OK, there’s no room for second or third place, it’s survival mode’.”
Her latest comments come after Motsi detailed her “very scary” experience in apartheid South Africa while on the cover of Prima’s October issue.
She admitted she faced despicable racism, including being called a “black witch” by nuns at her school.
She said: “I lived under apartheid until I was nine, which was a very scary time.
‘Hard’: Motsi also opened up about the racism she’s experienced, saying her parents encourage her and her sisters to be the best at everything so they don’t get ‘stuck’.
Exit: Motsi also said she would be ‘sad’ that her sister Oti (both pictured in 2016) would not appear on Strictly this year, after announcing earlier this year that she would be leaving the show
“My parents, Peter and Dudu, and my younger sisters, Phemelo and Oti, and I lived in a black-only suburb, and I didn’t speak English when I went to school, which was difficult.
“We were sent to a Catholic school run by nuns and black children were a minority. One of the nuns called us “black witches” and beat us. I was terrified.’
Motsi also admitted she would be “sad” that her sister Oti will not be appearing on Strictly this year, after announcing earlier this year that she would be leaving the show.
She said: “I will be sad not to see her strictly this year, I will always worry about my sister, but I have to respect her decision and let her go.”
Childhood: His latest comments come after Motsi detailed his ‘very scary’ experience growing up in apartheid South Africa