Crew member cut after M-Net soap’s ‘horrible racist incident’

2016-05-12 10:04

Cape Town – The nasty on-set fight that took place on Tuesday on Penguin Films and M-Net's new telenovela Ring of Lies for its Mzansi Magic channel on DStv, has seen its first casualty over the alleged "horrible racist incident" with at least one crew member now gone.  

Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) tells Channel24 that at least one crew member's contract who worked on the new Penguin Films produced soap has been terminated. 

It follows after the show’s art director was not suspended but no longer working on the set since Wednesday after being involved in a nasty verbal altercation behind the scenes of the show.

The alleged on-set racism came to light when the frustrated and furious Ring of Lies actress Florence Masebe on Tuesday went public on Twitter, saying that a crew member allegedly told the show's black director "I can speak to you anyway I like because I'm white".

Penguin Films' Roberta Durrant said it has a policy of zero tolerance to any form of discrimination on any of the Penguin Films sets and Mzansi Magic said it strongly condemns any acts of discrimination.

Investigation into the on-set fight concluded on Wednesday, but so far M-Net and Penguin Films have not released the findings of the investigation while Mzansi Magic viewers are wondering what fuelled the alleged racist incident. 

Mzansi Magic confirms that at least one crew member is now gone from Ring of Lies, telling Channel24 that "one of the independent contractors involved opted to terminate their contract".

Production on the show continues uninterrupted and Penguin Films and Mzansi Magic continue to engage with the cast and crew. Mzansi Magic says it wants Ring of Lies to be an "empowering working environment for all involved".

Mzansi Magic and Penguin Films have stressed that they do not condone discrimination of any kind, and are committed to ensuring that this is enforced on all productions in which they are involved.

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