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ANCYL show support for sacked Generations cast members

The youth league says the skills and talent of young South Africans should not be exploited.

FILE: Generations cast members pose with US actor Samuel L Jackson. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) is currently behind closed doors with fired cast members of Generations at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

The youth league says it supports the actors of the popular soapie and says the skills and talent of young South Africans should not be exploited.

A total of 16 actors were dismissed with immediate effect yesterday because they ignored a final ultimatum to report to work after being on strike for higher salaries, extended contracts and royalties from episodes that have been rebroadcast.

ANCYL spokesperson Bandile Masuku says "It can't be that our local productions are back-lined. We support our artists and stand for their rights."

Meanwhile, the Media Workers Association of South Africa (Mwasa) has described the move as sinister and cynical.

The association has accused the SABC and in particular, newly appointed chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng of orchestrating their dismissal.

Mwasa's Tuwani Gumani says they support the actors' demands for improved working conditions, competitive remuneration and fair compensation regarding royalties of rebroadcasts.

List of fired Generations actors include:

Sophie Ndaba (Queen)

Menzi Ngubane (Sibusiso)

Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth)

Katlego Danke (Dineo)

Thami Mnqolo (Senzo)

Zolisa Xaluva (Jason)

Winnie Ntshaba (Khetiwe)

Slindile Nodangala (Ruby)

Zenande Mfenyana (Nolunthu)

Thato Molamu (Nicholas)

Anga Makubalo (MJ)

Mandla Gaduka (Choppa)

Patrick Shai (Patrick)

Atandwa Kani (Samora)

Nambitha Mpulwana (Mawande)

Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska)