“I want to thank everyone who has responded to my call asking for help…”
Legendary South African actor Vusi Thanda’s name is still on everyone’s lips. This comes after his plea with the masses to assist him financially.
The Actor – fondly known for portraying the role of Tshawe in SABC’s hit sitcom Emzini Wenzinsizwa pleaded with South Africans to help him with donations.
Vusi Thanda is known for his favourite saying, “as far as I am concerned”, in Emzini Wezinsizwa. The star has appeared in numerous local movies and TV productions. He recently appeared in Moja Love show Ikhaya Labadala alongside fellow industry veterans – Lilian Dube, Nandi Nyembe and Jerry Phele.
With fellow actors Shadrack Ngema, Ronald Mqebu, Jabulani Nkosi, Bafana Mlangeni, Washington Sixolo and Nyembezi Kunene, Thanda entertained South Africans with humour in Emzini Wezintsizwa that was on air from 1994 until 2004.
The show was created and produced by Pixley Shabangu and Sydney Shabangu. Thanda has had a reoccurring role on The Queen on Mzansi Magic as well.
A video of the thespian reading out his banking details and asking for help has been widely shared by social media users.
Mr Thanda was owing his landlord R45 000 for rentals. South Africans from all walks of life reacted to the video and did their part to help the iconic actor.
Reacting to the video, Queen Sono star Pearl Thusi said it is “heart-breaking” to see someone who’s kept so many of us entertained for years now on their knees begging for help.
“Let’s all assist guys,” Pearl pleaded with South Africans.
“What’s cruel is how the SABC continues to undercut artists as they continue to make money “in perpetuity” and what’s worse is how artists can’t come together and fight this because we’re so divided… things need to change,” Thusi concluded.
Pearl Thusi’s call for South Africans to help out Vusi Thanda did not fall on deaf ears as many donated some money.
Controversial actor SK Khoza reacted and promised to lend a helping hand as well… “No man this is heart-breaking for real…But well said sis wami and will also do my part to help
“, he reacted to Pearl Thusi’s comment.
South Africans have donated over R100K into his bank account to date. Thanda took to his social media to thank them for their generosity.
In the video Vusi says “I want to thank everyone who has responded to my call asking for help. Please do the same to others who are in need. This is my bank card that shows the name of the bank and account number. Thank you very much.”
He continued “Ndifuna ukubulela abantu bonke nge ncebakazi engaka. [I want to thank those who have shown such generosity]. Their donations have reached R100,000 and I am thankful for that.”
Vusi Thanda claims that the SABC owes him royalties for ‘Emzini Wezinsizwa’. However, the SABC rubbishes the allegations. They are adamant that they don’t owe him anything and that he has received all that is due to him.
Pearl Thusi and SK Khoza are not the only public figures reaching out to the veteran. Media personality Dj Sbu paid the actor a visit recently.
It’s unclear at this point if the Dj has also donated some money to the thespian, though during his podcast where he hosted the veteran – he announced that his team will donate R5999 (R6k), which is the amount the actor paid for his first car back in the 80s.
South African celebrities have been going through the most lately. Dr Malinga recently trended when his emotional plea interview on Podcast and chill with MacG was the talk of the town. Malinga made it known that he’s been facing financial woes with the South African Revenue Services (SARS)
Malinga mentioned that SARS hit him with a R2m bill. South Africans also reached out to the star and donated over R100K.
A few weeks ago, South African House DJ, DJ CLOCK pleaded with the masses to help save his home.
Allegedly, DJ CLOCK was granted a home loan in 2010 to buy a property in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg.
He now stands to lose his home as court documents show that he was supposed to pay monthly instalments of R4 633 and has defaulted on payments.
As much as Vusi Thanda’s donations had reached R100 000… he is still pleading with South African to donate more.
“But I owe my landlord R45 000 rent so please send more’, said Vusi.
SA POSITIVE NEWS wishes the legendary Vusi Thanda all the best, hoping that he will get on his feet soon.
By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku