Vathiswa Ndara's open letter puts the spotlight on the Fergusons

By Oluthando Keteyi - 08 October 2019Views : 1372

Award-winning actress Vathiswa Ndara has penned an open letter about the alleged "bullying and exploitation" of actors, to the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa.

In her six-page letter, released on social media, Ndara shared that she will not be returning to season three of the hit drama, iGazi, in which she plays NomaRussia, on Mzansi Magic.

The actress shines a spotlight on the entertainment industry, showing that not all that glitters is gold.

The Igazi actress lists allegations of poor remuneration, alleged unfair contractual agreement, alleged unfair treatment by producers, and make claims about bullying and intimidation in the industry.

"At the risk of public shame, humiliation and salacious headlines, not to mention alienation from peers and possible blacklisting from the powers that be in the sector, I humble myself in expressing the truth of my experience in the arts and entertainment industry and publicly exposing the depth of my frustrated and broken spirit," wrote Ndara.

The Safta award-winning actress goes into detail about her contract for the upcoming third season of the show, which she received from Ferguson Films - owned by Shona and Connie Ferguson.

"Ferguson Films is officially starting iGazi3, and we would like to offer Vatiswa a global contract for iGazi3 at R110k (before tax) for the duration of the shoot (5 weeks). No limit to calls, first call exclusive to us. We are looking at shooting from 8 October to 9 November.

Ndara in her open letter explains the "harsh realities" of the offer given to her, which have made her "evaluate" her "own being and sustenance within the industry".

Connie and Shona Ferguson have not publicly responded to Ndara's claims, however, their legal team has confirmed to TshisaLive that they are considering legal action against the actress.

“We are considering legal action against the author of the letter and we are not going to answer any further questions at this time,” said Brendan de Kooker from De Kooker

The minister has acknowledged on social media that he had received Ndara's letter.