ANC and Generations
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.
The cast of Generations