Mthethwa calls urgent ‘Generations’ meeting

The 16 striking actors were sacked on Monday after ignoring an ultimatum to report for duty.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Monday called for an urgent meeting with the 16 fired cast members of Generations and the management of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to discuss the issue.

The actors of the popular soapie went on strike demanding better salaries and a three-year contract.

The artists were sacked last week Monday after ignoring an ultimatum to report for duty.

The soapie's producers on Friday revealed the group had made what they called "excessive demands", including personal trainers and dieticians.

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

Department spokesperson Sandile Memela says they will try and find an amicable solution during this afternoon's meeting.

"The idea of course is to find a speedy and amicable solution to this national crisis because a soapie like Generations is very popular amongst a significant portion of television viewers in the country."

The SABC has promised a new-look Generations.

The list of fired Generations actors includes:

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 (Noluntu)

Thato Molamu (Nicholas)

Anga Makubalo (MJ)

Mandla Gaduka (Choppa)

Patrick Shai (Patrick)

Atandwa Kani (Samora)

Nambitha Mpulwana (Mawande)

Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska)