‘7de Laan’ production company called to investigate race claims
Actress Enhle Mlotshwa says she has been subject to racial abuse on set.
JOHANNESBURG - The SABC says it's approached 7de Laan's production company to investigate claims about a series of racial comments that have been made against actress Enhle Mlotshwa.
Mlotshwa recently joined the cast and plays the role of Nandi on the Afrikaans soapie.
She took to Instagram on Sunday to express her shock at some of the criticism by viewers and colleagues who are alleged to be unhappy with her character's interracial romance.
in the past year I started shooting @real7delaan and I agreed to doing because of the story behind my character. Interracial relationships. Working there was not easy and finding my footing was the most difficult but I took it on with the utmost humility, Since my character journey was the most important thing. Bernard and Nandi recieved some racist slurs from there on screen debut this past week,(production expected it and so did I and change was the point ) but the crazy thing is racial slurs happened on set with people I thought were educated and open minded. I say #racismMustfall open this conversation. I'm all for it being a crime #ImbrownAndProud thank you Bernard for being the perfect gentleman throughout. #simplylive #simplylove #simplyenhle🎓🌸 skin color is for the blind... And ignorant
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An image of the couple's first on-air kiss was slated by some Facebook users last week.
Bernard kon net nie sy gevoelens keer nieBernard just couldn't stop himself#Bernandi
While the SABC has not received a formal complaint on the matter, spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says the broadcaster takes a hard line against racism.
"We have requested the production company to investigate the matter, noting the fact that the people that are talked about are all employees of the production company. They must get to the bottom of it and give us a report so that we then know whether there is a need for action to be taken."