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Stop exploiting actors: ANCYL

By Sapa | Aug 21, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 34 ]

The ANC Youth League cannot sit back and watch local actors be exploited, the national task team (NTT) said on Wednesday.

"Our talented actors are still battling to receive UIF, pension funds, housing allowances, car allowances, medical aid and all other benefits that decent work is supposed to cater for," NTT convenor Mzwandile Masina told reporters in Johannesburg.

"They are categorised unfortunately as freelance workers and this is tantamount to labour broking."

The African National Congress Youth League on Tuesday met 16 actors from the local soap opera Generations at Luthuli House, the party's Johannesburg headquarters.

The SABC announced on Monday that the actors who had embarked on a strike had been fired.

The announcement drew heavy criticism. Viewers took to social media to express their dissatisfaction with the SABC and the production company, MMSV.

The national broadcaster's spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said the termination followed a call for the actors to return for recordings.

The cast claimed the broadcaster and production company had failed to deliver on promises made to them during their strike last year.

The cast was reportedly promised three-year contracts which they had not received. They also wanted salary adjustments.

On Monday, the actors wrote an open letter to viewers and fans explaining why they had gone on strike.

Masina said the ANCYL believed local actors should be treated better than Hollywood stars in their own country.

"SABC's refusal to meet these demands because of a pedestrian explanation that these actors want to be paid like Hollywood stars is insulting, to say the least.

"As a public broadcaster, the SABC has a public duty to create conditions for the development of [the] local filming industry and the growth of black film producers and actors."

The ANCYL joined the ANC's call for the ministers of arts and culture, communications, and labour to help resolve the issue.

COMMENTS [ 34 ]

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Home_wrecker

Mfundi is only thinking about his own pockets

Aug 21, 2014 8:4 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Where is ur lovies

Aug 21, 2014 8:26 | 1 replies

Hutton

lovies is here. @Home_Wrecker babe, uSharp? i dreamt of you last night, again!

Aug 21, 2014 11:46 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

Actors are greedy earning more than 50K per month but they want more

Aug 21, 2014 8:26 | 1 replies

Nongoloza24

Ee mpya ke wena are you working at SABC's payroll??

Aug 21, 2014 9:2 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

If these actors want Public support They must tell us how much are they earning and what percentage are they fighting for offcourse they cant disclose because they are earning a lot of money and they want more than 100% increase

Aug 21, 2014 11:29 | 0 replies

Xoks

These actors are greedy

Aug 21, 2014 9:29 | 0 replies

Xoks

ANCYL must pay them

Aug 21, 2014 9:30 | 0 replies

RobinX

And he's off......

Aug 21, 2014 9:41 | 0 replies

RobinX

His Master's Voice.

Aug 21, 2014 9:42 | 0 replies

RobinX

On the bandwagon before he hit the ground!

Aug 21, 2014 9:58 | 0 replies
Aug 21, 2014 10:8 | 1 replies

Mr.Rise

Oh, we are back live @Sowetan

Aug 21, 2014 10:9 | 0 replies

RobinX

INNOCUOUS POST

Aug 21, 2014 10:10 | 0 replies

RobinX

No party initials

Aug 21, 2014 10:10 | 0 replies

RobinX

No question marks

Aug 21, 2014 10:10 | 0 replies