Thami Mngqolo reveals why ‘Generations’ cast went to Nkandla to save the soapie
Talented actor Thami Mngqolo recently appeared on King David’s Podcast, where he shed light on the cast of Generations’ visit to Nkandla in an attempt to rescue the popular SABC1 soapie. The cast had been facing salary issues with the producers, and Mngqolo discussed the challenges they encountered during this time.
The Cast’s Journey to Nkandla
Thami Mngqolo, known for his award-winning role as Senzo Dhlomo, Sibusiso Dhlomo’s (played by Menzi Ngubane) gay son on Generations, recounted the events that led to their dismissal in 2014. In his interview, he revealed that the cast reached out to politicians, including former president Jacob Zuma and Hlaudi Motsoeneng, in their desperate quest for assistance.
Unfortunately, their efforts were in vain, and Mngqolo emphasized that it was a culmination of factors that eventually led to legal action and a month-long strike. Despite numerous meetings with Motsoeneng, they were unable to achieve the desired progress.
Mngqolo mentioned a particularly shocking incident when production approached Menzi Ngubane, who was hospitalized at the time, to return to work. They pleaded with him, even though he was unwell.
The Aftermath and the Rebranded Soapie
The 16 actors were ultimately fired from Generations, resulting in the showrunners replacing them with a new cast and rebranding the soapie as Generations: The Legacy. Mngqolo expressed his surprise at the decision, stating that while the show may have attempted to pivot or rename the character Senzo, it would never be able to replicate the original essence and legacy created by the original cast.
Thami Mngqolo’s Positive Co-Parenting Relationship
Thami Mngqolo also touched upon his personal life during the interview, specifically his relationship with his former partner and fellow Generations: The Legacy actress, Joanne Reyneke.
The Split and Co-Parenting
In 2018, news broke that Mngqolo and Reyneke, who share two children, had decided to end their eight-year relationship. In an interview on Metro FM’s Fresh Breakfast, Reyneke reflected on their separation, explaining that although the decision was difficult, they both recognized that the relationship was no longer working.
Reyneke highlighted the importance of self-reflection and realizing when one deserves more in a relationship. She emphasized the significance of ensuring the happiness of their children and maintaining a positive co-parenting dynamic.
A Praise-Worthy Co-Parent
Reyneke commended Mngqolo, describing him as a wonderful guy and a great father. She expressed gratitude for their ability to co-parent effortlessly, attributing it to Mngqolo’s character and their continued friendship.
The couple released a joint statement announcing their separation, affirming their commitment to positive progress and addressing false speculations. Despite their private nature, they felt it necessary to share the news to prevent any misunderstandings.
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