MZANSI celebrities are tired of being exploited. Three top Mzansi celebs even took to social media last week to express their displeasure about how production houses and agents exploited them.
Award-winning actress Thuso Mbedu, whose debut appearance on Generations: The Legacy is imminent, took a swipe at greedy agents, who exploit actors.
Wrote Thuso: "An agent or manager can’t take 40/45% of your paycheck (sic). How does that ish work? You are still being taxed, they outchea (sic) taking more money than SARS. Ngeke. So, what are you supposed to take home?"
On the same day, Scandal! actress Kgomotso Christopher also blasted the SABC for not paying her residual fees from the time she was a cast member of Isidingo.
Wrote Kgomotso: "Am still owed residual fees from working five years in Isidingo. Remember, contractually leads get a percentage every time a show is sold outside the original territory and channel."
Meanwhile, Ferry Jele penned an open letter to the SABC, in which she lambasted the public broadcaster for leaving her, the crew and production stranded in
Read the letter, in part: "I don’t know where to begin, but I feel I would not be doing myself nor no one any justice if I keep mum about this saga. I can’t describe the anguish, distress and defeat felt by myself, cast and crew stranded at Shakaland, Eshowe. Celebs get exploited by their agents. If I were to personally experience it, it’d be the end of that relationship,” she said.
SABC sposkesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, said: “Kgomotso must take the matter up with the relevant department. They’ll tell her if she’s owed money or not. And I’m not disputing that Kgomotso is owed money. It’s a contractual issue. She must approach the relevant department.”
Both Kgomotso and Ferry could not be reached for comment. They failed to reply to our SMSes.