'They are jealous people ' – Mfundi Vundla on the SAFTA's
it that Generations: The Legacy will not be featuring at the 12th
annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas).
It has been reported
that the popular soapie, and SABC2’s Muvhango, are not on the shortlist for
most popular TV soap/telenovela category.
asked to comment show creator Mfundi Vundla said they were not interested in
the awards show. “We are not interested in those awards. They are not run properly;
it’s jealous people with an agenda.”
stressed that judges are sometimes aligned to other shows. “How can I be on the
panel of judges and judge another soapie? How can Mfundi Vundla judge Scandal!?
Why should I be put in such a position while I am associated with Generations?
It’s not fair and it doesn’t make sense.”
says the Saftas should copy international film festivals and get an
international chair for the awards. “You have a chairman who is South African.
Why not get someone from the BBC or BET?”
believes an independent chairperson from outside South Africa would do justice
to the credibility of the awards.
“[They] need someone independent and from
outside who will look at [the entry] with a fresh eye and not someone with an
agenda. This thing is not run properly and we will not be part of it,” he