Asking for pay rise during lockdown ends in tears: Source reveals why Dawn Thandeka King quit Uzalo

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As the last episode for “head honcho and king pin of KwaMashu MaNgcobo” nears, the actress behind the beloved character Dawn Thandeka King has taken to her Instagram to bid a bittersweet goodbye.

Dawn posted a video in which her followers saw her wipe away tears as cast, crew and friends sing and chant a song for the legendary character she played on Uzalo for seven years.

Dawn expressed her gratitude over being able to play the well-loved character and admitted she would also miss MaNgcobo.

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“End of an amazing Era. Thank you Stained Glass TV and SABC1 for everything. I will miss MaNgcobo and I will miss everyone who opened their hearts to me. It's been a beautiful journey. Till we meet again,” she said.

Last year there were rumours that the actress left the the show along with fellow actor Siyabonga Shibe who portrays Qhabanga. This was due to rumours which said the two stars wanted salary increases. “Dawn is, in fact, among the actors who have a dark cloud hanging over their head, her attitude recently isn’t doing her any favour, She makes the writers and directors’ job difficult because she sometimes demands to change the story-lines,” a source told a publication.

She was also accused of having diva tendencies on set, when she apparently makes the directors and writer's job hard with demands to change the story line.

"These two are no longer in the producer's good books because they made the mistake of asking for a salary increase. She was very close to one of the directors who left Uzalo for Imbewu, Since the directors’s departure, things have been hard for her," said the source at the time.

Well, clearly the saying where there is smoke there is fire because both the actors have now left the show. Siyabonga departed from the production last year and wrote a lengthy Instagram post.

His exit is not entirely for good, as he has kept his fans' hopes up by promising them "he will be back."

"What a great journey it has been with #uzalo_sabc1 I enjoyed every moment of this production. I would love to first thank the Crew, you guys work tirelessly and passionately, on set it is always fun and laugher everyday and you put up with my good nonsense. I honestly respect you I have made friends with you guys and met brothers and sisters.

To the Cast ohh my God I don’t know where to begin, you guys are amazing. Working with you all has been a gem, a fantastic experience and a learning experience. It has been my honour to share a screen and wear those shoes of every character we play together. We really make the script come to life we’ll work again," he wrote.

In a statement sent to the publication earlier this year, the production house behind the popular soapie confirmed some of the big names they would be saying the “inevitable bittersweet goodbye” to.

Stained Glass TV said they were honoured to have worked with some of the most talented actors in SA and continued to have the utmost respect for them and their craft.

Going into the new season, Uzalo fans also said goodbye to Qhabanga played by the esteemed Siyabonga Shibe and the judicious and unwavering lawman Captain Mpambani played by Jet Novuka.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have worked with such a remarkable host of actors. We thank Siyabonga Shibe, Dawn Thandeka King and Jet Novuka for the great work they produced as part of the Uzalo family. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours,” added executive producer Mmamitse Thibedi.

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