All the cast for REALLY popular South African soap opera Generations has been booted off….
According to reports, the show’s 16 actors were sacked after embarking on a strike action in a long-running dispute over pay and contracts.
Mfundi Vlunda, the executive producer of the show told a South African radio station that new cast members would be sought.
“There were other actors before, there will be other actors in the future,” he told Talk Radio 702. “Generations will go on, it doesn’t mean the demise of the series.”
“We’ve been engaging with them since October last year,” said Mr Vlunda.
He added that the cast had been asked to continue recording the show while negotiations continued but refused.
“That’s it, it’s finished, it’s a termination,” he added.
Mr Vlunda branded the actors’ pay and contractual demands “unreasonable” and claimed 12 of South Africa’s highest paid actors were Generations cast members.
Generations follows black middle-class characters working in advertising.
It first aired in 1993, a year before South African’s first democratic multi-party elections brought Nelson Mandela to power.
The programme – known as a “soapie” – is a popular draw with ordinary South Africans, providing a source of aspiration to TV viewers.