The entertainment industry is rather cutthroat and unforgiving at times, as some Mzansi actresses found out the hard way. Some soapie actresses lost their jobs after they allegedly fell pregnant during periods which were deemed inopportune by the producers of their shows or other employers.
Some actresses lost their jobs and were fired for falling pregnant. Others were told to abort their pregnancies if they wanted to keep their jobs. Those who were luckier had their pregnancies incorporated into the soapie’s storylines.
In this article, we are looking at some of the Mzansi soapie actresses who have lost their jobs after falling pregnant.
1. Sphelele Mzimela
Sphelele Mzimela who played the role of Mazaza on South Africa’s most-watched drama series Uzalo was allegedly shown the door after the show’s producers discovered that she was pregnant. Insiders told Sunday World that the producers of the show became angry at Mazaza for getting pregnant at a crucial time for her character on the show.
Mzimela who had joined Uzalo last year after she left Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya, where she was playing the role of Kentucky was replaced on the show by Mpume Ngwenya, who was assigned to play Mzimela.
2. Manaka Ranaka
Veteran actress Manaka Ranaka who portrays the role of the tough but kind Lucy Diale on Generations: The Legacy, recently revealed that she was fired from a job because she refused to abort her pregnancy.
Manaka Ranaka revealed that at the time she got pregnant with her daughter who is now 20, the women who she worked for told her to abort the pregnancy. The actress refused to do so and was fired as a result.
“I remember when women I worked for told me to abort you and I was like la hlanya, they fired me! Honestly I didn’t care, coz I was so determined to keep you and enter the next chapter in my life and that was bieng a mom ( Lauren Hill’s song Zion kept me going when I felt that the world was against us). I was ready man, .as young as they said I was, I was ready for you, and its been quiet a journey baby.”
3. Keke Mphuthi
Mzansi Soapie Actresses Who Lost Their Jobs Because Of Pregnancies
Mzansi actress Keke Mphuthi who played the role of Princess Dipuo on The Throne alleged that she was fired by Ferguson Films from the show for falling pregnant.
Keke went on to say that she almost lost her child due to the stress caused by the production house which is owned by Shona and Connie Ferguson. She even alleged that the company attempted to blacklist her. The actress tweeted,
“…y’all don’t even know half the trauma I went through because of the Ferguson’s, because I was pregnant and even before then I was earning below minimum on two PRODUCTIONS I PLAYED LEAD ON 💁🏽♀️… then I find out they trying to get me blacklisted,”
However, the Fergusons furiously denied the allegations and labelled Keke’s allegations slanderous and false.
4. Gabisile Tshabalala
Gabisile Tshabalala: Mzansi Soapie Actresses Who Lost Their Jobs Because Of Pregnancies
Actress and media personality Gabisile Tshabalala who played the role of Gontse on e.tv soapie Scandal! alleged that she had been fired from the show because she fell pregnant. Gabisilie has since become a strong advocate fighting against the workplace discrimination fo pregnant women, especially those working in the entertainment industry.