Generations actors: "We were dismissed like children"
The 16 fired Generations' actors have launched shots at the SABC and Mfundi Vundla. This was at a press conference held in Newtown, Johannesburg, this afternoon. The actors spoke out about the treatment they've from the public broadcaster and production company, MMSV.
PATRICK SHAI: "THE SABC STIFLES BLACK TALENT"
Speaking on behalf of actors, a fearless Patrick Shai said whether they get their jobs back or not, the SABC and the country will never be the same again. He said lies were told at the press conference that the SABC and Mfundi Vundla held last week. "Lies have short legs that run very fast and do not cover ground." He added: "There is something strange about the SABC. And it is painful that in a country that has come this far, they fired people... The SABC can't be allowed to create conditions that stifle black talent."
The veteran actor said the reasons behind their strike was not out of greed, but a call for change. "My problem is that I'm allergic to poverty. I didn't get into the industry for fame. I did it to change my life." Patrick appealed to legendary SA actor John Kani to lead a union that will be formed by local actors.
SOPHIE NDABA: "I AM A GROWN WOMAN. RESPECT ME"
Sophie Ndaba, who has been with the show for 21 years, echoed Patrick's words. She said this is not about attention, but about doing the right thing. She mentioned that she is grateful to have been on the show for so long. " There is not way I would have been the brand that I am, was it not for Generations." However, the actress shared that she is unhappy about the way they have been treated on the show.
"I had a one on one with producer Mfundi Vundla last year in October when the issue started. The first request was salary negotiations," she said. She said everyone was sad and crying during these negotiations. Among other things, Sophie revealed that, although they make lots of money for the SABC, they don't get bonuses.
"When international talent comes people pay millions. They make out as if R55k is a lot. Yet, how much do they make per show."
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