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Mzansi top actors are tired of being Underpaid and overworked

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.

Rami Chuene


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.

Keke Mphuthi Speaks Out On The Trauma She Experienced With The Fergusons. FellowiGazi 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).

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This was after the police in Ikamvelihle were urgently seeking the community’s assistance in tracing a murder and alleged rape suspect wanted in three separate cases. Read more

Source: msn