Being fired from Isidingo 18 years ago after she enjoyed unprotected s_ex and informed producers that she was pregnant still leaves a bad taste in Manaka Ranaka’s mouth.
During a recent interview on Metro FM, Manaka reflected on how painful it was when producers decided to release her from her contract.
Manaka joined the soapie as Nandipha but the stint was short lived.
“It was very painful, it was my first job, I didn’t want to be a pennyless mother, I was already working, I didn’t see anything wrong that I had done.
“Although I was young, I waited till I was working, so when it came, the excitement did not make me feel the pain, it was sore, but I could not wait to meet K.G, so I had a very healthy pregnancy despite what had happened but it’s not a nice thing to go through, it follows you 18 years down the line, it’s still following me,” she said.
Manaka said that, even though a different storyline was proposed by her and her team, producers weren’t buying into it.
“I gave them a storyline and they decided to use it on Hlubi, so somebody didn’t want me there, when we first told them with my agent, they were ok about it, there was even a water tank in the studio and a couch, and then two weeks later they changed their minds,” she added.