Viewers react to Generations: The Legacy's racism story line

2019-07-25 17:05
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Popular soapie Generations: The Legacy has left South Africans with mixed emotions towards its current story line which addresses the sensitive issues surrounding racism in South Africa.

Generations – which has been screened on SABC 1 since 1994 and has since been rebooted to Generations: The Legacy in 2014 after an entire cast was fired from the drama –  currently has a story line which explores the subject of racism.

A feud between characters Smanga Moroka and Joshua Warren turned brutal in what has been a business rivalry between the two.

Racial tensions rose between Smanga and Joshua after it was brought to light that Joshua had sexually assaulted an Ezweni employee who turned out to be a black woman. He also released an ad campaign which was discriminatory to black people. This  led to Smanga advocating against Joshua’s ‘internalised racism’.

A couple of episodes later Joshua finds himself held hostage at his Mega Brands building by a group of young black people who want to teach him a lesson and cleanse him off his racism. The scripting has since taken a downward spiral with Joshua’s uncle coming into town and wanting to teach blacks a lesson by kidnapping Lerato whose a close associate to Smanga and was the model of the ad campaign which was racially discriminative.

Fans of the soapie were not pleased with the storyline, with many accusing the writer Mfundi Vundla of opening old wounds.

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