Axed soapie stars take battle to court

By Drum Digital
12 December 2014

The 16 actors who were fired by MMSV Productions – the producer of Generations – are taking their fight all the way to the High Court.

The Generations Actors Guild, the name the group goes by, wants to obtain an interdict to have Generations: The Legacy removed, as early as 15 January next year. They say it was shot and aired at a time when “our grievances were yet to be resolved”.

The axed actors are fighting their expulsion from the once-glittering soapie after embarking on a strike and dismissing the deadline that Mfundi Vundla had set for them to return to work. The group said, “The events of the past few months that led us to being fired for standing up for our rights, have only served to strengthen our resolve. We operate in an industry where labour practices are cloaked under a veil of secrecy.”

Meanwhile, their attorney, Bulelani Mzamo, believes they have a strong case that will set a precedent not only for the actors, but for every party concerned. “The decision by MMSV Productions and the SABC to create a show, while the case with Generations cast was yet to be resolved, represents a breach of contractual and fundamental constitutional rights of the actors and they [MMSV and SABC] both did so knowing there was a pending dispute, “says Bulelani.

He adds that this is going to be an important case, not only for the rights of the actors, the production company and the SABC, but for the licence-paying viewers and “the millions of Generations fans across the country and continent”.


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