Masechaba Ndlovu on Vatiswa Ndara’s open letter: not about the Fergusons

Masechaba Ndlovu on Vatiswa Ndara’s open letter: not about the Fergusons

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 14: Masechaba Lekalake Ndlovu during the ‘Mantsho x H&M collection’ launch at Victoria Yards, Lorentzville on August 14, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Swedish fashion brand H&M has for the first time collaborated with Mantsho, an African label owned by designer Palesa Mokubung to bring out a collection named ‘love letter to the world from Africa’. (Photo by Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape)

Masechaba Ndlovu says the industry, as a whole, is the problem.
Image: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape
Masechaba Ndlovu has weighed in on a scathing open letter from Vatiswa Ndara about the alleged mistreatment of actors at Ferguson Films, saying the problem is not the power couple, but an “oppressive” system.

In the six-page letter to arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa, Vatiswa opened up about alleged “bullying and exploitation” in the industry.

The letter was shared widely on social media and sparked a debate about the Fergusons and the treatment of actors in SA.

Masechaba shared her thoughts on the debate on Twitter.

“I’m so proud of Vatiswa for standing up when so many are silent. This is not about The Fergusons. This is about eradicating archaic systems that continue to oppress our people,” she wrote.

She went on to slam the state of the arts industry and asked why democracy had not fixed it.

She added that perhaps what was needed was a series of separate discussions with major stakeholders, including actors, producers and broadcasters.