Generations 16 accused of 'delusions of grandeur'

The fired actors allegedly demanded bodyguards, a dietician and a personal trainer.

Generations executive producer Mfundi Vundla. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng says he believes _Generations _actors have been misled by their agents and lawyers into making exorbitant wage demands.

He tried to clarify issues surrounding the axing of 16 actors from the soapie following a wage strike.

The cast members from the hit soapie were demanding better salaries and three-year contracts.

The SABC promised a new-look Generations.

The show's executive producer Mfundi Vundla says bodyguards, a dietitian and a personal trainer are just some of the demands made by the 16 fired actors.

This is on top of their R30,000 per week wage demand.

One of the show's producers, Friedrich Stark, says the actors see themselves on TV and read about themselves in newspapers, resulting in delusions of grandeur.

"It's very easy to believe what you read about yourself. It becomes larger than life."

Vundla says he did not create something as successful as Generations just to have some people destroy it.

The fired actors will hold their own press conference on the matter on Monday.