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DIS­MISSED ac­tors al­legedly lied about the wage dis­crep­an­cies between them and white ac­tors in an at­tempt to fan racial fires and gar­ner public sym­pa­thy.

At their press con­fer­ence on Tues­day, they al­leged that black ac­tors were the low­est paid in SABC s soapies, ef­fec­tively ac­cus­ing the public broad­caster of racism.

But Sun­day World can ex­clu­sively re­veal that black ac­tors earn more than white thes­pi­ans.

We can also re­veal that Sindi Dlathu, who plays Than­daza on SABC2 s is the cor­po­ra­tion s high­est-paid ac­tor, with a salary of about R80 000 a month.

She is fol­lowed by So­phie Nd­aba, who plays Queen on SABC1’s

with a monthly salary of about R75 000.

Menzi Ngubane, who plays Sibu­siso Dlomo on was third with a salary of about R70 000.

Vet­eran ac­tor Pa­trick Shai, who had just joined , was the fourth-high­est-paid ac­tor with a salary just shy of R70 000.

ac­tor Robert White­head, who plays Barker Haines, got the fifth-high­est salary.

Though our highly placed sources were un­able to es­tab­lish the ex­act fig­ures for White­head, they claimed that his re­mu­ner­a­tion pack­age was slightly lower than that of Shai. An uniden­ti­fied ac­tor at SABC2 s

be­lieved to be white, oc­cu­pied the sixth berth, while an ac­tor at oc­cu­pied the sev­enth spot.

An uniden­ti­fied ac­tor was perched at No 8, fol­lowed by a ac­tor at nine.

An­other uniden­ti­fied ac­tor oc­cu­pied the 10th spot.

So, the top 10 high­est-paid ac­tors are mostly black and ap­pear in

. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago con­firmed that the ex­pelled ac­tors were pulling the wool over the public’s eyes when they claimed that black ac­tors were paid less than white ones.

We re­ject this claim as it’s not true and bor­ders on cre­at­ing racial ten­sions. Of the top 10 paid ac­tors in all soapies, seven are black, with the first four be­ing black.

ac­tors take up five of the top 10 paid spots in the SABC. Their al­le­ga­tions can­not be true,” said Kganyago.

Speak­ing through Marang Setshwaelo of me­dia re­la­tions agency Dream­catcher, the ac­tors pre­var­i­cated.

A large part of the rea­son that we went on strike was be­cause we knew for a fact that there was no par­ity in salaries.

We did our re­search and based our state­ments on what that re­vealed no doubt Sun­day World has done theirs, and come up with dif­fer­ent fig­ures.

In an en­vi­ron­ment where this is not freely avail­able in­for­ma­tion, it will always be a mat­ter of spec­u­la­tion.

Our goal was always to achieve salaries that we be­lieve we de­serve, cer­tainly not to [fuel] any flames out­side of in­cit­ing a di­a­logue around fair labour prac­tice and con­di­tions.

Inas­much as we would pre­fer for peo­ple s salaries to re­main a pri­vate is­sue between em­ployer and em­ployee, we do wel­come that this sit­u­a­tion is lead­ing to a open di­a­logue about what is ap­pro­pri­ate com­pen­sa­tion, they said.

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