South African actors are calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to sign the Performers Protection Amendment Bill into law. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - Actress Vatiswa Ndara says she is tired of exploitation in her industry.
Ndara wrote a six-page open letter to Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, calling for transparency in the entertainment industry.
The actress complained about the unfair and exploitative practices, which she says are rife in the acting industry.
“I was tired of letting the system drain us, and accept and legitimise exploitation,” Ndara said.
“It was time for somebody to say something and that person had to me. I had to take that step. It wasn’t easy; I had a lot of conversations even with my brother.
“By the time I had sent the letter, I had made peace with what could come with me sending the letter to the minister.”
Many have applauded Ndara’s bravery in speaking out.
Veteran actress Florence Masebe has expressed support for Ndara.
“We never for a second thought that things have improved but you want to believe in your heart of hearts that somebody at Vatiswa’s level is not finding themselves still being this frustrated,” Masebe said.
“It takes a lot in this industry for one to find the strength to speak up. It must have taken a lot for her to write all these details so publicly, putting herself out there. A lot of it makes sense because we are still desperately trying to convince people we are three times more than they think we are worth.
“It is not just the producers, it is broadcasters themselves who when deciding on budgets, have decided that things can be done with very little reserved for the talent.”