Actress Fundiswa Zwane, who plays the role of Ka-Madonsela, will be leaving e.tv soapie Imbewu: The Seed next month.
According to reports by Isolezwe, the actress has been fired by producers after her management team demanded that she get a raise. The publication also alleges the actress will be replaced by Brenda Mhlongo.
In a statement sent to DRUM, e.tv confirmed Fundiswa’s departure but refused to reveal the reason.
“Fundi's last appearance in the current storyline will be on 29 July 2020. Since the show's inception in 2018, Fundi has been a tremendous pleasure to watch. She brilliantly epitomised the role of Ka-Madonsela, a wife whose roots are deeply set in her culture,” the statement read.
E.tv’s managing director, Marlon Davids, said the channel will miss Fundiswa’s personality and dedication to her craft.
“The past two years have served as a true testament to who Fundi is, a strong talent in the South African TV industry. She has navigated her time at Imbewu with unmatched professionalism. We will miss her big personality, dedication to her craft, and sense of adventure. E.tv and the cast and crew of Imbewu will always treasure the time spent with Fundi," he said.
Speaking on her departure, Fundiswa said, “I am proud of what meaningful business and artistic collaboration has been able to achieve over the past two years. I echo Marlon’s sentiments, the past two years have bred beautiful relationships. It has been a great journey travelled and I, like millions of South Africans, am so excited with what Imbewu will continue to achieve through this beautiful story that so many enjoy."
The channel also urged viewers to continue watching the show, which airs weeknights at 9.30pm, and promised that “acts of sinister and deliberate backstabbing and even murder, are yet to take South Africans on a pulsating emotional rollercoaster”.