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Gomora’s Asanda (Bukiwe Keva) fired

South African actress Bukiwe Keva was allegedly fired from the popular Mzansi Magic drama Gomora through a WhatsApp text message.

Close friends of the actress, who is known for her role as high school bully Asanda on the Alexandra township-based series, claimed that she had missed a shoot on set and was given the boot.

“She missed a shoot and she told them that she did not come to set because she was feeling sick. She provided them with a doctor’s note which shows that she was sick on the day,” a friend said.

Keva is said to have received a message on WhatsApp, telling her not to come back on set a fortnight ago.

“They [the production team] sent her a text on Monday saying that she must not come. It was sad because she was at home and recovering when she received the text message. She was treated unfairly, and she is devastated.”

Bukiwe Keva

Keva could not comment when she was called on Friday, and did not reply to text messages sent to her.

A source close to the production explained that the actress’ exit from the show was imminent because she was a call actor and did not hold a permanent contract.

“They normally communicate scheduling matters, rosters, shoot changes, and production-related matters on WhatsApp because it’s the easiest form of communication these days, but I highly doubt that they fired her through a text message because that is not procedure on the show,” the source said.

A statement from Gomora production house Seriti Films confirmed that Keva was no longer a part of the show, but it did not divulge reasons for her departure.

The statement said:

Bukiwe’s contract was that of a call actor

“Her character was story-dependent, and the storyline came to an end. Bukiwe was lovely to work with and we wish her all the best,” the statement said.


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