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Generations actors were greedy, says soapie actor

Muvhango and Scandal actor Lesley Musina with Cape Town fans Ziyanda Feni, and  Abongiwe Mqoqi. Musina was besieged by the two soapie’s fans in Cape Town. Photo. Peter Luhanga /WCN

Muvhango and Scandal actor Lesley Musina with Cape Town fans Ziyanda Feni, and Abongiwe Mqoqi. Musina was besieged by the two soapie’s fans in Cape Town. Photo. Peter Luhanga /WCN

06.11.2014

Muvhango and Scandal actor Leslie Musina was ‘besieged’ by Cape Town fans of the two popular Mzantsi soapie’s.

On Sunday this past weekend, Musina, who acts as Leslie Ndalamo Mukwevho in Muvhango on SABC2 and as Todani Mathivha in Scandal on eTV, visited some Cape Town kasi’s and had fun with fans who shot selfies with him.

Musina spent some time at Iqhayiya FM community radio and signed autographs at Tsoga Park in Samora Machel township in Philippi before proceeding to Mfuleni township and on to popular Mzoli’s meat eatery in Gugulethu.

The soapie also recorded a new song with upcoming Du Noon’s kwaito musician Bhambatha Scorpion.

“I was mobbed by my fans but not in bad way, the crowd was excited there was pandemonium everywhere I went,” said Musina.

He said the two characters that he played “are two privileged entitlements” but outside soapies he was an “average guy”.

“The stories I’m involved in touches people’s lives out there. When you meet these fans they tell you your storyline and where they think the story is going and where they want it to go… it’s quiet touching and inspiring,” he said.

On the firing of Generations actors, which brought to the end of the most watched and popular soapie in Mzansi, he said the sacked actors’, expectations and demands were unrealistic.

However, some of the things the disgruntled actors were fighting for affected all actors in the show-biz industry, he said.

“You look at the salaries they were looking for and them wanting a share in the advertising revenue and also the way they went about it, the strategy was wrong,” he said.

He said it was very sad that ultimately the generation’s actors were dismissed.

“It’s quite sad that that’s how it ended. I would have wanted for the two parties to sit down and reach some middle ground,” he said.

As to considering acting as career, he advised the youth to not consider acting as a career as there was no money in acting, rather, he encouraged youth to get university education.

“The youths should go to varsity and get those qualifications to enhance their talent,” he said.

Muvhango and Scandal soapie’s fan Mandla Botwe, 36, a Khayelitsha resident, said it was dream come true to meet Musina.

“He (Musina) is a very nice person, a very humble guy. I don’t miss an episode of Muvhango and Scandal,” said Botwe.

Teenage girls Ziyanda Feni and Abongiwe Mqoqi, both 15-years-old, hugged and took selfies with Musina.

“We are excited we didn’t expect to see him. We are very motivated,” said the girls. — Peter Luhanga

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