Mfundi Vundla: "The show is going to keep getting better"
Mfundi Vundla really knows how to defy 'haters'. The creator of Generations received a lot of criticism after firing 16 actors last year, and went on to create a new version of the show titled Generations: The Legacy.
It seems he's not bothered by negativity as he's focusing on producing a hit show for viewers. On how he feels the show is doing, Mfundi told Drum: "I feel we have finally hit our stride and it will get better from here on."
You might remember that the show's ratings were reportedly not so great after it first aired, but Mfundi believes that things are not so bad. "For a new show to have 60.2 percent of the market share - that is good. We will obviously get better with time as people become accustomed to The Legacy."
On why the ratings might have gone down, he told the site: "Its not about what we are doing wrong, we have the challenge of fighting off the old Generations that people were used to and create this new one. That is not an easy job because people had fallen in love with the show over the years."
He added that a lot of the people he meets during his travels are telling him that they are finally seeing what the show's about. Although some people are starting to warm up to the new soapie, the 16 fired actors are determined to get it off air. They even took legal action.
What does Mfundi think about this? He told Drum: "About that I will say that is censorship which I only experienced in 1983 after the apartheid government banned my play Widoss. It was declared prohibited literature. The irony in that is now 20 years after independence its black people who want to stifle another black creative's work. Doing that to my work is tantamount to the apartheid government’s ban on artists like what happened to people like me, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Mbongeni Ngema and many others."
He added: "That will not and should not happen to artists and creators, if that is allowed to happen then the court and system will be sending the wrote message." He ended off by thanking fans and viewers for their support. "Keep watching, the show is going to keep getting better."