The ANC Youth League on Tuesday met 16 actors from the local soap opera Generations at Luthuli House. File picture: Ihsaan Haffejee

Johannesburg - Sixteen Generations cast members have been fired with immediate effect, according to a statement released by the soapie’s production company on Monday.

“MMSV Productions, following consultation with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), have today terminated the contracts of the striking actors on the SABC1 soap drama, Generations. The termination follows calls by both parties for the actors to return for recordings, following the start of their illegal strike,” the statement said.

“The SABC and MMSV Productions would like to assure the public that measures have been put in place to ensure the future of Generations.”

Last week, a group comprising the soap’s leading actors embarked on a strike in a desperate bid to get the SABC and MMSV Productions to take heed of their concerns over salaries and contracts.

Those among the striking group include some of the cream of the South African acting fraternity, like Sophie Ndaba, Menzi Ngubane, Seputla Sebogodi and Patrick Shai. - IOL