Award-winning South African actress and film producer Sonia Mbele has finally cleared up rumors that she failed to pay the crew members of her TV reality show titled “Pastor’s wife.”
According to City Press reports, the actress failed to pay her production crew for three months – December, January and February.
City Press reported that crew members went on a “go-slow” protest, some even taking equipment with them, including some hard drives and a car.
It was also revealed that Sonia paid half of the salaries in December and promised that she would pay the balance in January, but she did not do so until January 15.
When her employees did not receive payment in February, they decided to stop production by shutting down their equipment.
The employees wrote a letter to DSTV and in response they were told that the money had already been paid to Sonia.
Sources close to the workers told City Press that Sonia usually manages to convince the workers that she has an investment in Mauritius that will pay the salaries in five days, but after five days she does not pay.
In her defense, however, Sonia responded to the defamatory claims on Instagram. In the caption of her latest Instagram post, she wrote:
This is probably going to be one of the most truest and realist open letter there ever was. I’m sure you all woke up to what seemed like one of the most negative articles of all time. But I honestly want to reassure everyone who might slightly feel touched.
Guys I’ve been an actress for a good 25 years and out of those I’ve been producing for 3, which makes me an infant in that space. As a baby producer I will make mistakes and the mistake I made was not to invoice on time (therefore didn’t pay crew on time) and for that I have apologized. Why the papers two months thereafter I’m baffled.
It’s just sad that I’m away on business because the world wants to work with me and yet SatAfrica is trying to drag me. However it is well. Those who want me as a boss upon my return I am all yours. We are currently in the West because the rest of the world sees us, the United States of America, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, no need to say more!”
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