MASS EXODUS| “Jason” Zolisa Xaluva Reveals Why Generations Actors Were Fired
Actor Zolisa Xaluva, who played Jason on Generations, has revealed in detail why the soapie fired the actors in 2014.
Around 16 of the show’s main actors went on an illegal strike for a week, demanding better pay, extended contracts and royalties from rebroadcasted episodes.
Following the mass action, the production company MMSV Productions said it had “terminated the contracts of the striking actors”.
The actors got deadlines to return for production, which they defied, and SABC ordered the production company to terminate their contracts.
The dismissed cast members included Anga Makubalo (MJ Dlomo), Zolisa Xaluva (Jason), Sophie Ndaba (Queen Moroka), Thami Mngqolo (Senzo Dlomo), Katlego Danke (Dineo Dlomo) and Slindile Nodangala (Ruby Dikobe).
Xaluva appeared on an episode of Podcast And Chill, which aired on 1 September, giving an insider perspective of what happened.
On the Generations contract, there was a clause that said 14% of whatever income is generated by the show has to be shared among the lead actors. So we realised that that clause had been there for a long time and we had never received that money. So we started having those conversations.
Secondly, this is a show that’s making R500 million a year. There is no reason why we shouldn’t be earning in a high-end income bracket, especially with the fact that at the time when you were on the show, you couldn’t be on another show.
So you’re limiting me in terms of what I can do outside of this space, and yet you’re not giving me the money I’m worth. SO promises were made, and we went on the first strike, and they promised some things.
So what happened is that they kept shifting goalposts. Sooner or later, it was like one year down the line, and the five things you promised haven’t happened. That was when we were like; we’re going to amplify this thing—Ziyakhala ke manje.
Watch former Generations’ “Jason” Zolisa Xaluva explaining what went down.