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A lawsuit against The River for R319 000 damages

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The creators of popular television soapie The River, Tshedza Pictures, are dragged to court for allegedly terminating the contract of producer Emmanuel Tlhakanye prematurely.

Tlhakanye is now demanding R319 000 in damages.

In documents filed at the South Gauteng supreme court this month, Tlhakanye claimed that the termination followed his “wrongful arrest for robbery”, resulting in a couple of nights at Brixton and Joburg Central police stations in June.

“On or about 25 June 2020 and at this place of residence, the plaintiff was unlawfully arrested by members of the South African Police Services and charged with inter alia robbery and kept in custody at the Brixton police headquarters until 28 June 2020,” his papers, which Daily Sun has seen, read partially.

He states that he was later taken to the Joburg Central police headquarters and charged with the possession of a suspected stolen cellphone and was subsequently released from police custody on 30 June.

“On 10 July 2020, the defendant (Tshedza Pictures CC) suspended the plaintiff and ordered the plaintiff to attend a proper inquiry meeting to work out the plaintiff’s suitability to continue performing on the defendant’s production. On 13 July 2020, the plaintiff attended the hearings and explained why he was absent from work from 26-30 June 2020 which his absence was thanks to no fault of his,” read the documents.

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Tlhakanye further states in his papers that the parties had agreed to pay him a daily rate of R1 064.52 with the monthly rate including a further R65 000 for his production equipment with all monies totaling R319 838.71 on a monthly basis.

“On 17 July 2020, the defendant conveyed to the plaintiff that the defendant terminated the accept question. The termination of the agreement is unlawful because the plaintiff wasn’t absent for a protracted period and was absent thanks to no fault of his,” read the papers.

Tlhakanye is additionally claiming from July to March next year, saying his services amount to R264 000 weakened as R33 000 for eight months with an equipment fee of R52 000.

Tshedza Pictures spokesman Percy Vilakazi said they were handling the matter through their legal team and declined to comment intimately.

Tlhakanye said: “This may be a personal matter, I don’t want to debate it with the media.”

-Daily Sun

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