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Generations actors angry over new contracts

Among those who are at odds over contracts are Sophie Ndaba and Katlego Danke.

Generations Executive Producer Mfundi Vundla. Picture: Nadia Neophytou/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Certain cast members of popular soap opera Generations have refused to sign their new contracts.

Actors are up in arms because executive producer Mfundi Vundla didn't comply with their demands for wage increases and did not extend their one-year contracts to three years.

Among those who are at odds with Vundla are Sophie Ndaba, Katlego Danke, Menzi Ngubane, Thami Mngqolo and Xolisa Xaluva.

Vundla confirmed the dispute, saying actors asking for longer contracts meant he would abdicate his right to write out nonperforming cast members.

"Initially I offered them a three year contract, but I have the right to write them out or let them go if they aren't performing to my satisfaction."

The off-screen drama has reached such unpalatable heights that the thespians have appointed an attorney, Bulelani Mzamo, to negotiate the matter on their behalf.

"The actors have appointed an attorney and we'll have discussions."

Vundla said the trouble started when the SABC's acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng announced during Generations 20th anniversary celebrations that the corporation had, for the first time, signed a three-year contract with Vundla's company, Morula Pictures.

"The cast members jumped up and down with excitement when he made this announcement because they too expected to sign two or three-year contracts."