South African actor Thami Mngqolo, revealed on King David’s Podcast why the cast of Generations traveled to Nkandla to try to save the SABC1 soapie after salary woes with the producers.
The father of two and award-winning actor Thami Mngqolo played the role of Sibusiso Dhlomo’s (Menzi Ngubane) gay son Senzo Dhlomo on Generations before they got fired in 2014.
During the interview, it was also revealed that the actors sought help from politicians, including then-president Jacob Zuma, and Hlaudi Motsoeneng but it was all in vain.
Mngqolo adds that it was a series of things that led to them to embark on legal action and a month-long strike after Generations creator, Mfundi Vundla turned down their demands.
“We aren’t making progress here, let’s escalate. It was a collective decision, it was 16 of us. We started having meetings with Hlaudi Motsoeneng.”
“We were motivated. Hlaudi was appalled and came up with a three-year contract. Every week, we were having meeting after meeting. We went to Luthuli House. We went to Nkandla to speak to then president.”
What was also shocking for them was when production begged his then-sick on-screen father Menzi Ngubane from his hospital bed to come work.
“Come negotiations time, this man got zero raise. Menzi was what broke the camel’s back.”
The talented actor Thami Mngqolo adds on the interview that he’s got a great relationship with his baby mama and former Generations: The Legacy actress Joanne Reyneke.
TshisaLIVE reported in 2018 that the pair, who have two children announced their split after eight years together.
During an interview on Metro FM’s Fresh Breakfast Reyneke reflected on the separation and said that even though it was a difficult decision to make they both knew it wasn’t working anymore.
“Whenever you get to feel in a relationship like ‘maybe I deserve more’ or ‘maybe I’m not what you deserve’ it’s time to part.”
“Maybe half a year ago, because you wanna talk yourself out of and then you hear the relationship advice that every relationship goes through – it’s ups and downs so you’re like ‘maybe this is our down’ but then you’re like no dog, no dog, I can’t, I must want to come home after work… And then also, let’s be happy for our kids, our kids deserve happy parents.”
Reyneke added that even though their relationship was over they were happily co-parenting because her baby daddy is a great guy and easy to co-parent with.
“Because he is a great guy it’s very easy to be a co-parent with him. He’s a wonderful guy, a great dad, a good friend to me; he still thinks I’m funny, just that as partners it wasn’t working anymore.”
“We both sat down and agreed that this is the right thing to do for all involved. We are both very private people but we have decided to make this announcement to prevent any false speculations. We’ve both taken positive steps forward,” read part of their statement.
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