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Underpaid and overworked - More of SA's top actors bemoan 'modern-day slavery'

8 October 2019 3:23 PM
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Some of the country's finest acting talents have spoken out against unfair practices in the industry in support of Vatiswa Ndara.

Many industry peers have spoken out in solidarity with actress Vatiswa Ndara who penned an open letter on the exploitation of actors.

The veteran actress penned a letter to the Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa asking him to take action against the unfair working conditions faced by actors in the industry.

Ndara faces legal action against her after calling out local production company Ferguson Films for underpaying her and other unfair practices.

RELATED: Ferguson Films to sue Vatiswa Ndara over 'personal attack' in open letter

She told 702's Bongani Bingwa that Ferguson Films is contributing to a rotten system which only sees production companies and broadcasters profit.

The iGazi star announced that she would not be returning for the show's third season.

Fellow iGazi actor Talitha Ndima added her voice to the condemnation and said she herself had been made into a " modern-day slave".

Another actress, Keke Mphuthi also shared her experience while working on two productions with Ferguson Films in a Twitter thread.

Mphuthi alleges that she was underpaid and fired mid-season because she was pregnant. She claims she was not paid out her full contract as a result.

The Fergusons have not directly addressed the contents of Ndara’s letter. However, their Brendon de Kooker has been given instructions to take legal action.

Industry heavyweights such as Sello Maake Ka-Ncube have commended Ndara for having the courage to expose what many other actors have kept silent on.

Many of them claim that speaking out can lead to 'blacklisting' within the film and TV space.

Other stars who have spoken out against industry-wide ill-treatment include Rami Chuene and Zenande Mfenyana (both from The Queen), Nokuthula Mavuso (The River and Abomama), Kgomotso Christopher (Scandal and Isidingo), Masasa Mbangeni and Florence Masebe (The Republic) and Slindile Nodangala (Generations).


This article first appeared on 702 : Underpaid and overworked - More of SA's top actors bemoan 'modern-day slavery'


8 October 2019 3:23 PM
Tags:
actors
acting
film and TV industry
vatiswa ndara
ferguson films
iGazi
Talitha Ndima
Connie and Shona Ferguson

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