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Actors question sincerity of state’s condolences to Shaleen Surtie-Richards

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A number of SA’s seasoned actors have questioned the sincerity of the state in its condolences to the late Shaleen Surtie-Richards, in light of the supposed lack of initiative to legislate.

Florence Masebe took to Twitter on Tuesday, 8 June 2021, to amplify the post by fellow actor, Masasa Mbangeni, directed at the state. This was after the president’s office shared a post expressing its condolences to the family of late veteran actress, Shaleen Surtie-Richards.

In the developing story on her passing, it was alleged that Surtie-Richards had been of ill health for a while due to COVID-19. Moreover, Surtie-Richards reportedly needed to be admitted into hospital. However, due to her lack of funds to pay for her hospital stay, she resorted to healing from home.

The lambast from Mbangeni and Masebe comes as the state has pushed back the Performers Protection Amendment Bill. The bill has been lobbied by actors to have local actors compensated when broadcasters replay past series and shows, which is currently not the case. The belief is that if the state really cared about its artists, it would legislate the amendment.

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Sabelo Makhubo
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