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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
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
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