In April this year it was reported that Mawande (Nambitha Mpumlwana) would be leaving Generations after her contract was not renewed. Millions of Generations viewers are not happy about this. Some of them sound really angry. If Generations executive producer Mfundi Vundla could read all their comments, perhaps he would consider bringing her back.
There are viewers who have threatened to stop watching Generations if Mfundi doesn’t bring Nambitha back. Below are a some of the comments from our readers (unedited):
Jump Case: Mxm- No ways we’re watching Generations again! Watch yourselves lose viewers.
Debra mabuza: Plz Mr Vundla let Mawande stay we love her she is the best thing we ever had,we love u Wandy plz dnt go mommy.
Chriselda Mphelo: SABC, you ought to think again about letting Mawande go. Generations is boring as it is, with her gone it will be worse.
Lister: U Mfundi u have done a mistake u will regret in this soap.
Nqobile Mzola: I wl mic u Wandi u de best thing in Generation i dnt lyk dis Mfundi Vundla anymore nw u cn go 2hell i wl never watch generations.
Anonymous: Mawande is the leading role in Generations alongside Sbusiso and I think that they are making a big mistake by letting her go no one is gonna watch that show anymore. Mawande is definitely the anchor of that show with her gone wats the use of that show. Mfundi think about wat you have done mxm.
Although the majority of viewers want Mawande to stay, I found one reader (Lunga) who thinks her departure won’t make a difference, life will go on:
Lunga: Generations won’t be boring just because Mawande is leaving, not that she was not a good actor, but then what she did was wrong by appearing late at work and all those stuffs. Nd besides even 2 Karabo ppl said Generations will be boring once she left bt then many of those are still watching Gen though. Ppl are so confusing yazi.
Nambitha will appear for the last time on the soapie in August since Generations episodes are recorded three months ahead of their airing. It was reported that the reason her contract was not renewed is that she was unprofessional and too hard to handle. She reportedly had a habit of arriving late and unprepared at work. Her fellow actor told the Sunday Sun that sometimes she never pitched at work, which would mess up the recording schedule and inconvenience everyone else.
However, Generations’ Executive Producer Mfundi Vundla said, “Mawande’s story has run its course. Nambitha was cast as Mawande due to her capabilities as an actress. Writing out the character has nothing to do with her talent.”