“The Queen” has been Mzansi Magic’s flagship show for years because it dominated the channel’s charts because of the most-watched show. Although it’s encountered many hurdles off-screen, the show continues to garner viewership.
However, recently iHarare speculated about the salaries of the actors. These salaries could be a sign of why a number of our favorites might stay the soapie, despite the alleged drama behind the scenes. “The Queen” lately has had more drama behind the scenes, than tweeps would suggest it’s ahead of the camera.
The biggest of these scandals is that the soapie’s drainage of its many beloved and favorite actors. First, was the departure of Rami Chuene who played TGOM, Gracious Mabuza. Second, came the axing of Dineo Moeketsi who played the character of Kea Khoza. Their departure was crammed with drama as more cast members came out with various allegations of exploitation, mostly which were sparked by the letter by actress, Vatiswa Madara.
Most of the disgruntled former actors from the soapie departed from the soapie thanks to matters of unfair pay. However, it seems that people who have stayed and new recruits are lured by the paycheck that came with their joining of the soapie. Below are a number of the speculated highest-paid actors on the soapie.
The lowest-paid actor of the lead cast revealed by the publication is alleged to be Thembsie Matu, who plays the character of Patronellah, she is estimated to earn between R20 000.00 to R25 000.00.
Second above her, are the estimated salaries of Loyiso McDonald and Zandile Msutwana. The actors play Kagiso Khoza and Vuyiswa Maake respectively. the 2 are set to earn monthly a takeaway salary of R30 000.00 to R35 000.00 each. The salary is usually recommended because of the average that a lot of its leading cast like Themba Ndaba, Zenande Mfenyana, and SK Khoza also deduct monthly.
However, when it involves the matter of the highest tier actors, especially the new recruits, the suggestion is that they added a touch extra to sweeten the deal. The new recruits include the likes of actor, Brenda Ngxoli, which many have questioned her role and relevance on the soapie. Some have gone as to considering this her most luke-warm character; an insult considering her experience.
Additionally, other actors like Jessica Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, and Ntando Duma. The aforementioned is to require away anything between R40 000.00 to R50 000.00 monthly. the sole person whose salary is undisclosed is lead, Connie Ferguson, who is additionally a co-executive producer for the soapie. But it only takes watching “The Queen” to understand that she is rolling in it.