HE escaped the boot by the skin of his teeth once, but this time round, he was not so lucky . . .
Isidingo star, Don Mlangeni, was fired from the soapie. Don, who plays Zeb Matabane in the soapie, allegedly refused to endorse a big bank which was approved of by the soapie.
According to Zeb’s colleagues, the soapies bosses wanted him to mention the name of the big bank. and to endorse it – but he refused.
“It was part of the script and when he was supposed to mention the name, he skipped it. The bosses were unhappy with him,” said one colleague, who wished to remain anonymous.
The source said Zeb felt he was being used and was not benefiting from it.
“This emanates from the fact that actors are not allowed to endorse products or companies without the boss’s consent.
“His argument was that he was only getting his monthly salary with no bonus or additional money for endorsing the bank. When he endorses a big company like that he’s supposed to get his share,”
said the source.
He added that the bank was paying the cast, but Zeb was not getting anything. So they fired him.
Another source said Zeb survived the chop last year.
“He was fired, but was saved by Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who intervened in the matter.”
The source said his bosses claimed that he’s arrogant. Sources say Zeb did not go down without a fight.
“He took the matter up with SABC’s general manager, who responded by organising a meeting on Monday to sort out the matter between the two parties,” the source said.
Zeb refused to comment, saying: “It’s a personal matter and I don’t think it’ll help me to take the matter to the media, I’m handling it myself.”
SABC3’s Doulha Domingo refused to comment, saying the the public broadcaster doesn’t have jurisdiction on matters relating to the cast of Isidingo.
She referred all questions to Endemol, who produces Isidingo, but they also refused to comment. – Sunday Sun
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