While the country mourns the passing of an acting legend, veteran actress Lillian Dube has slammed the entertainment industry for neglecting legends like Joe Mafela while he was still breathing.
Notably, the duo were reportedly left out when the invitations to the SA Film and Television Awards (Saftas) were being sent out.
Speaking on the matter on Sunday after news of Joe’s death emerged, Lillian lamented that it feels like the industry forgets her and her close friend Joe sometimes.
Prior to Joe’s death in a car accident, Lillian had a chat with him and they talked about the Saftas and how the industry has forgotten them.
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“I asked him how he could go on a cruise while the Saftas was on and he said that he was not invited. I was not invited either. We spoke about the industry and how we were being marginalised and not being given enough respect for what we’ve done. We need to be honoured while we are still alive not forgotten‚” she said.
Lillian Dube added that the industry does not take care of its own, instead it uses them and abandons them when they must have lost their popularity.
“There are no such thing as medical aid and pension funds in the industry. When you are no longer popular or needed by the industry you are often left out on your own. The industry does not look after its own.”
She also accused the industry of celebrating the young and ignoring the pioneers who helped build it. According to the veteran, the industry has been busy glorifying “short skirts and g-strings” while legends are being ignored.
“How can the industry celebrate short skirts and g-strings while we have legends like Joe Mafela? The focus is not on the right things. These are people who are pioneers and who have set the trail for many South African artists‚” Lillian wondered.
Veteran actor Joe Mafela passed away on Saturday night following a road accident on the M1 North in Johannesburg.