Cape Town – As viewers and critics on Monday night panned and savaged SABC1's reset primetime soap Generations The Legacy, the National Freedom Party Youth Movement is urging for a viewer boycott and warning the new actors that executive producer Mfundi Vundla will throw them away as well once he's done with them.
On Monday night SABC1 aired the first "new" episode of Generations, now entitled Generations The Legacy after a two month absence due to a forced shutdown of the primetime soap, South Africa's most watched TV programme.
The production which only started filming again on 27 October grinded to a halt after a scandalous implosion in August when the principal cast of 16 experienced actors balked and walked away from the MMSV Production.
They were promptly fired by Vundla and the SABC.
For more than a year the actors pleaded for their promised three year contracts and back payments for rebroadcasts as promised by the SABC in July 2013 by the public broadcaster's acting CEO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
The cast, organised as the Generations Actors Guild, took the production company and the SABC to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to court.
'Boring' new Generations blasted
On Monday night viewers blasted the returned soap on social media for being boring and uninteresting, mocked the lack of experienced actors and Vundla for getting rid of the old cast who were better, and with several vowing to never watch again.
Viewership figures for Monday's night's first new episode will be available this coming Monday.
Now the National Freedom Party Youth Movement secretary-general Maria Busi Tshabalala has called for a boycott of the soap and for viewers to stay away from SABC1 and the "clowns" of Generations The Legacy.
'Bring back our talented actors'
"We are very disappointed at the manner in which the SABC and the big-headed Mfundi Vundla handled the matter of the ex-Generations actors.
"We strongly believe that not watching this soap will show the SABC and Mfundi Vundla that we mean business when we demand that they bring back our talented actors."
The NFPYM also had a warning for the inexperienced Generations The Legacy actors who took the jobs of the experienced and fired cast during open auditions.
"To the clowns who agreed to work in this new boring soap, we warn them that once Mfundi Vundla has used them, he will throw them away as well and look for new buffoons.
"As the NFPYM we are not apologetic in our firm support of the axed actors. We are 100% behind them and we call on all South Africans to do the same by boycotting Generations."
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