Cape Town – The SABC weekday soap Generations – The Legacy is warning the public against yet another fraudulent scam trying to lure victims to fake auditions they have to pay for, purportedly done by The Mfundi Vundla Academy, with the TV production telling Channel24 that a “Mfundi Vundla Academy” doesn’t exist.
Fraudsters annually entice gullable South Africans to so-called “soap auditions” – mostly in Johannesburg – trying to cash in on the hugely popular genre’s appeal under ordinary South Africans who watch these shows and like the characters they see, dream of riches and fame.
Soaps that have been most susceptible over the past few years have been the longrunning Generations and Muvhango on SABC2, as well as Scandal! and Rhythm City on e.tv due to these brands’ wide appeal under the viewing audience on free-to-air terrestrial TV channels.
Besides specialised talent agencies doing closed castings, open casting calls are done directly by TV shows themselves and it doesn’t happen very often. People should also never have to pay for any casting call for a potential TV role or “soap audition”. People should never pay a model scout or to be seen by any modeling agency – and should definitely never undress, send or do naked photos, pay for interviews or sign contracts.
After several bogus casting calls last year, 2018 has started off with the first fradulent “casting call” targeting SABC1’s Generations produced by Morula Pictures, asking people to come to a fake audition at the Market Thearte Lab in Johannesburg on 2 February, trying to cash in on the name of the show’s creator and executive producer Mfundi Vundla. Generations tells Channel24 this is fake.
“It has come to our attention that there are fake auditions being held at the Market Theatre Lab on 2 February. The perpetrators are using Mfundi Vundla’s name to lure unsuspecting victims. There is no such thing as a ‘Mfundi Vundla Academy’ and there are no real Generations auditions held at the Market theatre on 2 February 2018,” says the show.
“With the rise of human trafficking we fear this could be one of the tools used to lure young people so it’s imperative that word gets out. Mfundi Vunda does not have anything to do with the advertised audition.”