#IstandWithVatiswa: Mzansi rallies behind Vatiswa Ndara
Words of support and encouragement have been pouring in for actress Vatiswa Ndara after her open letter to Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa regarding the treatment of actors.
The actress caused quite a buzz when she alleged that she was mistreated by Connie and Shona Ferguson, the owners of Ferguson Films.
TshisaLIVE reported that the Fergusons were considering taking legal action against Ndara regarding the allegations.
“We are considering legal action against the author of the letter and we are not going to answer any further questions at this time,” said the Fergusons' lawyer Brendan de Kooker.
Actress Vatiswa Ndara has written a six-page open letter to arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa which was shared on Twitter on October 8 2019. The letter alleged that Connie and Shona Ferguson's company, Ferguson Films, mistreated actors. After it was released, Twitter expressed solidarity with the actress, under the hashtag #IStandWithVatiswa.
Since news broke about Ndara's letter, more and more South Africans, including actress Kgomotso Christopher, have decided to stand behind her and show support under the hashtag #IstandWithVatiswa.
Here is a snapshot of what Mzansi had to say:
Vatiswa ur pain reverberate in a debilitating throb in my soul.This an echo of 1000 muted voices.I jst pray & hope that doesn't end as yet another agonised howl in the wilderness.I wish could commend u for brave.This is when u can no longer suffer in silence.Yr heart beats in myn https://t.co/JnsJMmvT2P— Sello Maake KaNcube (@sellomkn) October 7, 2019
Where is this democracy and why does it not apply to the Arts Industry? ??— Masechaba Ndlovu (@MasechabaNdlovu) October 8, 2019
Victimization is rife. Those who dare speak their truth in the arts are often ostracized. There are many who want to scream out their version of the prevalent exploitation. Scary, unbelievable stories. They are afraid. Understandably so. #IstandWithVatiswa ?— Mme a Masakona (@FloMasebe) October 7, 2019
This letter from Vatiswa about the Fergusons reminded about Mama Mara Louw. Now it makes sense when you think about how she left. She warned us about the Fergusons but we never believed her. #Fergusons #SHOWMUSTGOON #vatiswaNdara #IstandWithVatiswa pic.twitter.com/c33cm1uqk4— Teboho Mohoto (@BlackBaas1) October 8, 2019