Old Generations vows to stop soapie

2015-01-18 15:00

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The “Generations 16” are still going to court to halt the airing of the soapie that replaced them, insists their lawyer.

Bulelani Mzamo last week said the actors, who were sacked last August, would file an urgent application at the South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday if the SABC didn’t stop screening Generations The Legacy.

But the show went on and there was no appearance in court.

Mzamo said that getting all 16 actors in one room to sign an affidavit for an urgent application had proved difficult.

Furthermore, new supporters have come forward, he said. Mzamo is now collecting their affidavits to bolster the case before approaching the court.

“We have decided to wait,” he said.

Mzamo told City Press: “There are other parties from various institutions who took part in the intervention process after the actors’ contracts were terminated in August last year.

“The same people have volunteered to provide us with affidavits to support the court application.”

The court action is the culmination of a process that began with a letter of demand the actors delivered to the SABC and Generations creator Mfundi Vundla’s MMSV Productions in December.

The “intervention process” Mzamo referred to was an urgent meeting called by Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa last August. Also present were Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

Vundla did not attend the meeting.

Mzamo would not comment on whether the Cabinet ministers were among those who would provide affidavits supporting the actors’ court bid.

He said the problem of getting all 16 actors together had been tackled, too.

“Now, all the actors are available to sign and we just want to do a one-off application. We should be filing with the high court before month’s end.

“Nothing will stop us from removing the ‘new’ show from our TV screens.”

Vundla and the SABC have told City Press that Generations The Legacy will continue to air at 8pm on weekdays.

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