The drama never ends

2012-09-29 20:19

It’s been three weeks since the curtain came down on Drama Queen: The Lebo Mathosa Show, but the mudslinging is only getting more intense.

The blame game of who did what to whom escalated last week when the show’s director Sello Maake ka-Ncube was reported in Drum magazine slagging off his cast.

The show, which debuted on Women’s Day at Pretoria’s State Theatre, tottered along for a month to an alleged audience of nine to 15 people on some days.

This week City Press spoke to some of the cast members, who revealed tales of “abuse” about ka-Ncube.

One cast member, who wanted to remain anonymous, said ka-Ncube “swore at the cast and threw his toys out the cot when things didn’t go his way. He used to scream at people and say we are disrespecting him.

Once he even said to us ‘hambani niyonya’ (go s**t yourselves).”

In another incident, the 52-year-old was overheard reprimanding one of his leading ladies and a former Idols contestant, Sindi Nene, for being on her phone while he was talking. He allegedly told Nene “you won’t get far in this industry because you don’t respect me”.

City Press spoke to Nene, who said: “The incident did happen, and there were a lot of other disagreements and arguments behind the scenes.” She would not elaborate.

In another incident, ka-Ncube was said to have sent a letter to the cast, telling them he would “deduct their wages” if they were late.

In his Drum magazine four-page spread with Khanyi Mbau, who was one of the six Lebo Mathosas and his alleged favourite cast member, ka-Ncube accused veteran actress Rami Chuene of being “very unprofessional”.

“She would come late to rehearsals and even missed the call time for performances, and that’s unacceptable,” he said.

On Thursday Chuene said she was disappointed in the comments “after he begged me to come and be a part of his show because Khanyi Mbau couldn’t do the narration like he wished.

When he hired me he knew I was shooting Inkaba from 7am to 7pm daily, and I decided to negotiate with the directors to leave earlier just to accommodate Sello.

And this is how he treats me?” said an annoyed Chuene.

Chuene disclosed that she quit the show a week before it ended, but “was not let go like Sello told the media”.

The actress revealed that ka-Ncube refused to give her time off work when she had flu and even insisted she consult with his doctor of choice to prove she was ill.

“He was treating us like children.

He clearly didn’t trust me and his doctor confirmed my illness, but he still wasn’t having it.

That same day when he did that to me, I knew it was time for me to leave that show, and I did,” said Chuene.

Kwaito legend Mandla Spikiri was also allegedly lashed by ka-Ncube’s sharp tongue when he was called “a drunk”.

The musician quit days before opening night.

This week, the producer brushed it off, saying: “I don’t care, he (ka-Ncube) can say whatever he wants.”

City Press spoke to the director on Thursday.

He went from friendly to amused to livid when addressed about the allegations.

About Chuene, he said: “There was an agreement regarding call times of the show, but she would come late.”

About his cast: “Do you know how supportive I was of them? It’s the people who are not part of my cast who are tarnishing my name and are saying all these things.”

Ten minutes into the conversation, he lashed out: “You are talking nonsense. You guys just want to tarnish my name.”

Then he hung up.

Nicknamed the drama queen during her career as a pop bad girl, controversy and the Lebo Mathosa name still seem to go hand in hand.

All the same, she must be turning in her grave.

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