As a result of an expired contract which is yet to be renewed, Muvhango boss Duma Ndlovu has revealed that there is no money to pay the crew.
The show’s contract with the South African Broadcasting Corporation expired in August and has not been renewed.
Recent reports speculated that Muvhango’s production team went on a four-day strike from Monday, last week. This reportedly started because of unpaid salaries.
Responding to the reports, Ndlovu dismissed the claims, explaining why production had to be temporarily halted. Apparently, the management instructed cast members to stop coming to work, because there was no money to pay them.
“Our contract with the SABC expired in August, and without a new contract, there is no money to pay actors,” Ndlovu explained.
Meanwhile, all hope might not be lost yet as Ndlovu later claimed that he managed to pay all his actors after getting a letter from the SABC. Though there is no contract yet, the broadcaster committed to sign a new contract by the end of October, which he used to get money from the bank to pay salaries.
“I have paid all my actors. We sent them SMS messages again telling them that they can come back to work. There was no strike.”
The show is no stranger to controversy. In July this year, rumours spread that the senior actors, including Sindy Dlathu; Dingaan Mokebe ka Khumalo; Cynthia Shange and Senzokuhle Radebe embarked on a form of protest to show their unhappiness. However, the reports did not specify what the actors were agitating about.
The reports garnered publicity forcing the show’s publicist, Amanda Ngudle, to rubbish the rumours, saying, they are not true.