Pastor Mdletshe on why he left Uzalo: ‘I couldn’t deal with amateur actors’

Popular SABC1 actor Bheki Mkhwane, who plays Pastor Mdletshe on drama series Uzalo, has quit the telenovela because of “unprofessional behaviour” by some members and a refusal to raise his pay

Mkhwane, who is known for being a very committed, disciplined actor, told Daily Sun on Thursday that he could not take the amateurish personalities of some of the cast members.

“I’m hurt to leave the show but I couldn’t deal with amateur actors who know nothing about acting,” the legendary actor told the daily.

While he put up with the “unprofessional behaviour” from his colleagues for a long time, the refusal by the show’s bosses to raise his pay was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

“Bheki went there knowing that he would be paid less than what he expected but he still loved working on Uzalo.

“When eThekwini Municipality injected R5 million to Uzalo, he asked for a salary increase. It didn’t happen and he left,” a source told the paper.

The show’s publicist Sbu Mpungose said Uzalo has wrapped up shooting and the contracts of all the actors have naturally ended, including that of Mkhwane.

“We cannot make comments about his salary,” said Mpungose.

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