As the deadline for the SABC to pull Generations The Legacy off air by January 10th looms, we are all wondering if the SABC and MMSV will honour the Generations Actors Guild demand.
According to the SABC no court order regarding pulling the current Generations off air has been lodged against them therefore nothing in terms of the airing and production of the show has changed.
The spokesperson Kaiser Kganyago said: “The SABC is not aware of such a court order”
A press release in December from the Generations Actors Guild, which is a body representing the 16 fired actors from the show, stated:
“The cast has recently retained Senior Counsel, who has reviewed the case and identified key contractual and constitutional breaches in MMSV Productions and the SABC’s handling of the dispute. As a result, the Generations Actors Guild has made a decision to challenge the airing of the show Generations – The Legacy, on the grounds that it is in contravention of the production house’s existing contractual terms with the cast and breaches their rights as defined in the constitution. They have delivered a legal letter demanding that the “new” Generations be taken off air not later than 10 January 2015, failing which they will approach the court to order its removal.”
A legal letter does not necessarily have to be a court order. It could also be a drafted letter by the lawyers stating their intentions to go to court. Regardless, whether the SABC received a legal letter or not, it does not look like they will barge.
On the other hand, Generations Actors Guild still has recourse to pursue a legal action against the show. Afterall the basis of their contention is that having Generations The Legacy on air while the matter of their firing is still not resolved legally, is in breach of their contractual agreement with MMSV.