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Axed Generations cast speak out

The actors are holding a briefing to discuss their salaries and working conditions.

Generations actress Sophie Ndaba speaks about the latest developments in the salary impasse with the SABC at a press conference held by the Generations Actors' Guild in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 26 August 2014. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The fired cast of Generations have called on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to stop condemning black talent to a life of poverty.

For the first time, the 16 sacked actors of the popular soapie are speaking out in a bid to set the record straight.

Together with their lawyer, they held a briefing at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg to discuss their salaries and working conditions.

The actors were fired by the soapie's management team last week after going on strike over unresolved payment issues.

Many of the actors were in tears and said their rights have been violated and spoke out agains what they called apartheid working conditions.

The cast members said they are angry at the show's management for disclosing their salaries to the media.

Last Friday, the popular show's executive producer Mfundi Vundla read out the salaries and demands of the fired cast members.

Sophie Ndaba, who plays Queen Moroka, said they want consistency.

"You can crush somebody when they have done something bad but you must also commend them when they have done something good. We are not here to crush, we are here to share facts. You can't give someone 0 and 2 percent and someone else 20 percent."

The axed cast members started by paying tribute to all the fallen heroes in the entertainment industry who they say have been victim to exploitation in the country.

Patrick Shai who plays Patrick Tlaole said this is not a bid to get more money and lead extravagant lifestyles but rather a matter of principle.

He said whether they get their jobs back or not the acting industry and the SABC will never be the same again.

Veteran producer John Kani likened the sacking of the cast members to the apartheid system.