Mzansi Celebs

List of Actresses who were fired from work for being Pregnant

With its glitz and glamour, the entertainment industry can be rather cutthroat and unforgiving at times. In recent years, many of Mzansi’s celebrated actresses have been fired after falling pregnant.

Some soapie actresses lost their jobs after they allegedly fell pregnant during periods which were deemed inopportune by the producers of their shows. Some were fired for failing to comply with the demands of terminating their pregnancy.

Little has been done to safeguard the working conditions of workers in the wake of these allegations. Some production companies have distanced themselves from the scandals. Here are some of the famous Mzansi’s actresses who were fired after falling pregnant.

Sphelele Mzimela

Sphelele Mzimela

Sphelele Mzimela was fired from South Africa’s most-watched drama series Uzalo after the producers discovered that she was pregnant. The celebrated star actress played the character of Mazaza at the daily hit soapie. Rumour has it that the actress was fired because the production team was disappointed with her getting pregnant.

Mzimela exit came barely a year after joining Uzalo after exiting Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Isibaya.

Keke Mphuthi

Keke Mphuthi

Keke Mphuthi is well known for her role of Princess Dipuo on The Throne. The Mzansi actress alleged that she was fired by Ferguson Films from The Trone after falling pregnant.

The celebrated star actress broke the silence of her shocking exit from The Throne on social media. She went on to lash out how cruel the Fergusons were. Keke even went on to review how she almost lost her child due to the stress. She even alleged that the company attempted to blacklist her. The actress tweeted,

ll don’t even know half the trauma I went through because of the Ferguson’s, because I was pregnant and even before then I was earning below minimum on two PRODUCTIONS I PLAYED LEAD ON … then I find out they trying to get me blacklisted,”

Gabisile Tshabalala

Gabisile Tshabalala

Actress and media personality Gabisile Tshabalala who played the role of Gontse on soapie Scandal! alleged that she had been fired from the show because she fell pregnant. The star actress has since become an advocate for good working conditions and working standards in the entertainment industry.

The celebrated actress in recent years has been involved in online wars with production companies such as the Ferguson films due to their poor working ethics.

Manaka Ranaka

Manaka Ranaka

Veteran actress Manaka Ranaka who portrays the role of the tough but kind Lucy Diale on Generations: The Legacy, recently revealed that she was fired from a job because she refused to abort her pregnancy.

The celebrated Mzansi star actress revealed that at one point in her acting career she was fired for refusing to abort. Ranaka Manaka indicated that the women who she worked for told her to abort the pregnancy. Her failure to do so, saw her being fired as a result.

I remember when women I worked for told me to abort you and I was like la hlanya, they fired me! Honestly, I didn’t care, coz I was so determined to keep you and enter the next chapter in my life and that was being a mom ( Lauren Hill’s song Zion kept me going when I felt that the world was against us). I was ready to man, .as young as they said I was, I was ready for you, and it’s been quite a journey baby.”

In other news – Zodwa’s ex Vusi reveals how much lobola he paid for his sweetie pie Thenjiwe & dates for their weddings

Zodwa Wabantu’s ex-boyfriend, Vusi Ngubane, and his fiancée Thenjiwe Mpanza opened up about their relationship. The couple met in Durban in May and Vusi had just broken up with Zodwa.

Zodwa Wabantu, Vusi Ngubane and Thenjiwe

But he insisted he was not on the rebound and felt genuine love for Thenjiwe, a lawyer. He said: “I’d already broken up with Zodwa and don’t think I wasted her time in anyway. I regret nothing, in fact we should both be grateful it didn’t last. Learn More