‘I’m ready to fight’ — Sello Maake Ka-Ncube reacts to being ‘snubbed’ for a position at the Market Theatre

08 August 2023 - 12:00
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Sello Maake-kaNcube sheds light on why he was allegedly not appointed for a position at The Market Theatre.
Sello Maake-kaNcube sheds light on why he was allegedly not appointed for a position at The Market Theatre.
Image: Veli Nhlapo

An enraged Sello Maake Ka-Ncube has responded to being snubbed for a position at The Market Theatre in Newtown.

Trompies member and EFF MP Eugene Mthethwa weighed in on theatre academic and historian Greg Homann being appointed the new artistic director at the theatre, replacing James Ngcobo in January this year, as opposed to veteran actor Sello.

The kwaito star sparked a debate on the timeline when saying: “Shock me. Who would be the best choice candidate to be the Market Theatre's artistic director between Sello and Greg, and why? What constitutes qualifications in arts and culture to be a preferred candidate? Is it race? Is it academic? Does previous experience matter?”

Responding to the post, Sello, whose career in the art space spans more than 40 years, recalled being interviewed as a possible candidate for the position, stating the monetary benefits were never his concern but to teach the next generation.

In his post, Sello also shared a picture of his Master of arts degree, claiming the interviewers knew who was getting the position before they advertised it.

“What more did these people want or need? That’s if they truly even know because at this point I highly doubt it. They could have come clean and stated this job had a face, a name and a surname before it was even advertised.

“I stated I don’t have a salary expectation or an amount in mind because, firstly they could never afford me, but more importantly there is no amount of money you can put on teaching a black child like I was once how to respect and nurture their God-given talent because it can be their ticket to survival, I was interviewed by people who are not even qualified to interview for the space they think they understand and occupy. They must come for me because I’m now ready to fight for what is right.”



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