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‘Hands off the Fergusons' - Zenande Mfenyana defends 'The Queen' producers

Meanwhile Ferguson Films has denied claims of mistreatment

18 June 2020 - 11:00 By Kyle Zeeman
Actress Zenande Mfenyana has defended her bosses on 'The Queen'.
Actress Zenande Mfenyana has defended her bosses on 'The Queen'.
Image: Instagram/Zenande Mfenyana

Zenande Mfenyana has defended her bosses at The Queen, telling fans that she will not tolerate anyone bad-mouthing them to her.

The Fergusons have made headlines in recent months amid claims of mistreatment from actors.

In an open letter circulating on social media last week Mlamli Mangcala alleged that the producers made empty promises on his salary adjustments which resulted in him losing his car and that he was on the verge of losing his house in Cape Town as well.

Mlamli added that the Fergusons accommodated him at the Khoza Mansion, however, he said they made him “share a bed” with the caretaker.

A follower raised the matter with Zenande, who plays the role of Goodness Mabusa on The Queen, and the star made it clear that she was not here for people attacking her bosses.

“Don’t for one second assume I will entertain people bad-mouthing my bosses. So if you have something negative to say about them, don’t bring it in my mentions please. Let’s respect each other. Hands off the Fergusons,” she wrote.

Her comments come just days after actor SK Khoza slammed those who were criticising the couple.

“Take a moment and appreciate. Shout out to Shona and Connie Ferguson. Everyone is just hating on y’all. When you the best, people will talk, it doesn’t matter if you doing good or bad,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Ferguson Films spokesperson and show runner Lauren Nell denied Mlamli's allegations in an interview on Metro FM.

She said initially the character was supposed to be for a Joburg-based actor but he agreed to take the role and manage his own travel arrangements. After he raised his concerns and admitted to having some difficulties, the company changed his contract to allow him a set monthly income.

She also denied that he was given a R100 salary increase and claimed the actor's expenses were more than R27,000 from season two to season three.