ANC and Gen­er­a­tions

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Masaka Kgob­ane Pre­to­ria

The in­ter­ven­tion by Arts Min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa af­ter the sack­ing of the cast of soapie Gen­er­a­tions is ill-con­ceived and raises eye­brows. This in­ter­ven­tion, cou­pled with the mes­sages of sup­port from the not-so-young ANC Youth League and Cosatu, makes one ques­tion their ac­tions. Not long ago, mine work­ers went on a strike that lasted more than 100 days and the ANC and its min­is­ters were quiet. On the rare oc­ca­sions when they com­mented, their mes­sages were not those of sup­port to the min­ers.

The only min­is­ter who tried to in­ter­vene was con­demned by the party’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral. The Gen­er­a­tions ac­tors are re­ported to be earn­ing between R25 000 and R80 000 a month, while min­ers earn be­low R5 000.

The dou­ble stan­dards by the gov­ern­ment and the gov­ern­ing party and its al­liance makes one doubt their in­ten­tions. We can only con­clude that the sup­port is their way of re­turn­ing the favour to the ac­tors since most of them cam­paigned vig­or­ously for the ANC dur­ing this year’s elec­tions.

This ac­tion does noth­ing but di­vide the work­ers.

PHOTO: LUCKY NXUMALO

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The cast of Gen­er­a­tions

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