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LEAD­ING SABC2 drama Mu­vhango is boy­cotting this year s 10th edi­tion of the South African Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards (Saf­tas).

The award cer­e­mony will be held at Gal­lagher Es­tate in Midrand next week­end from Fri­day to Sun­day.

The dis­con­tent with the Saf­tas stems from Mu­vhango ap­par­ently be­ing un­der­mined in the past.

The se­cond night of the awards, a live TV broad­cast on the very chan­nel the drama airs, will be hosted by Ex­presso pre­sen­ter Katlego Maboe. As­so­ciate pro­ducer at

Mu­vhango Mor­ishe Matle­joane said the team de­cided to in­def­i­nitely not hon­our the awards un­til an im­prove­ment is noted in the cat­e­gory nom­i­na­tions and se­lec­tion process of judges

Held un­der the ban­ner of the Na­tional Film and Video Foun­da­tion (NFVF), and hon­our­ing the best of South African TV and film with Golden Horn tro­phies, the awards are marred by crit­i­cism ev­ery year that sev­eral best pro­duc­tions are not in­cluded nor recog­nised.

Matle­joane said there would al­ways be room to ques­tion the nom­i­na­tions in any con­test where judges were se­lected within the sys­tem and not in­de­pen­dently.

For years, there s been grow­ing scep­ti­cism around the pro­cesses fol­lowed by the or­gan­is­ers,” said Matle­joane.

On those grounds, the awards are not run to en­com­pass ev­ery broad­caster and give a true re­flec­tion of the South African TV land­scape.

There are peo­ple work­ing along­side those who are nom­i­nated and peo­ple work­ing for ri­val pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies, all lead­ing to ma­jor cred­i­bil­ity is­sues.

In the past, Mu­vhango has en­tered in ev­ery cat­e­gory in the soapies divi­sion for the Saf­tas, but it s been dis­ap­point­ing to see very lit­tle ac­knowl­edge­ment, if any, awarded to our hard­work­ing team.”

She said it was not by ac­ci­dent that Mu­vhango had reached a view­er­ship of five mil­lion plus in nearly two decades of run­ning suc­cess­fully.

NFVFs head com­mu­ni­ca­tions Peter Kwele said Mu­vhago did not en­ter the Saf­tas this year, there­fore as per the awards guide­lines, only soapies that were sub­mit­ted for en­try can be con­sid­ered for the awards.

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