Bonang Matheba says no

2013-12-01 14:00

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The producers of TV drama Muvhango may have the sniffles after Mzansi’s It girl, Bonang Matheba, sneezed at their job offer.

Bonang, who presents SABC3’s glitzy magazine show, Top Billing, was invited to audition for the role of a young woman from the rural areas who arrives in Jozi and becomes a gold-digger.

On Friday last week Muvhango publicist Amanda Ngudle told City Press that Bonang was to compete for the role against movie starlet Terry Pheto, The Link presenter Lerato Kganyago, model Gail Nkoana and Intersexions actress Kay Matidze.

She said that Bonang was expected to audition for the show within two weeks.

But on Sunday the sultry YFM deejay phoned City Press and told us that she had shown Muvhango’s producers the middle finger because they were dishonest with her.

“It is true that these people phoned my agent when I was overseas shooting one of my shows and invited me to come audition for a role. They said they were going to tailor-make the role for me so I could be part of the series.

“Now I’m told that I must compete for the role with other people. I think these people wanted publicity by using my name, so I’m not interested,” she said.

Bonang also cited the fact that she doesn’t speak Tshivenda, another reason she’d reject the job.

“If it was Generations or Isidingo, I would accept the job because their scripts are largely written in English,” she explained.

This is bad news for Muvhango because Bonang, who was featured on a Forbes magazine list of African celebrities to watch in 2013, would have helped to drive up their ratings.

During the past couple of seasons, the show’s viewing has allegedly declined because of the departure of the likes of Khanyi Mbau, Elle Ragimana, Khabonina Qubeka and Florence Masebe.

Pressed for a response to Bonang’s statement, Ngudle said she was in a meeting and asked City Press to phone her later.

But her cellphone just rang unanswered when we tried to contact her later.

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