Pretoria - An elderly couple from Centurion have been waiting four years to get paid for their roles in the movie Hansie
Marié de Villiers and her husband, Braam (both 72), from Lyttelton Manor in Centurion were "extras" in the movie about Hansie Cronje's life.
When Marié found out on Saturday that Kurt Darren and Thato Sikwane, or rather DJ Fresh, among others, have not been paid for their roles in the South African film The Race-ist
, she decided enough is enough.
"These people have been waiting for only two years. We've been waiting four years for our money," she said.Grandchildren
Neither she nor her husband have watched this movie.
The filming of Hansie
was completed at the end of 2007.
De Villiers said at the time they responded to an announcement where she was an exhibitor at the Lyttelton Service Centre's annual crafts show.
"Those who were interested had to meet at SuperSport Park in Centurion the next day."
"'Hell, I'm going to be in a movie'," was Marié's first thought at the time.
She immediately said the money was a bonus.
"It was just for the excitement and challenge of it, but it would've been nice to buy each of my grandchildren a Christmas gift."
She has eight grandchildren.Payment
They were promised R500 each for their roles. The money would've been paid into their bank accounts within six weeks.
De Villiers said she and her husband received SMSes over the years saying that they should not be concerned, the money will come.
"Each year I hoped it would come before Christmas."
Volksblad reported in 2008 that the movie's financial problems began when the financing from the US company who bought the film rights, fell through in November 2007.
Frans Cronjé, producer of the movie and Hansie's brother, said on Tuesday the company that hired the extras has been paid in full more than a year ago.
"It is the company's responsibility to pay the extras," Cronje said.
He referred Volksblad to Shoot Casting, the company who supplied the extras, production crew and caterers for the movie.
Justin Browne from Shoot Casting on Tuesday responded via e-mail, saying he will only be able to "properly" respond to the query on Monday.
Browne did however confirm that they've received payment for the movie and that most of the extras have been paid.