- Manaka got fired from her role in Isidingo after many years
- Rumours went around that she was fired because she was pregnant and the rumours are true
- She expressed her deep hurt to Dj Fresh in an interview
Manaka Ranaka has been in the television industry for 18 years. Every weekday she graces our screens starring as Lucy on Generation – The Legacy. Her time on SABC 3’s Isidingo could have been her last if it was not for her fighting spirit.
Ranaka fell pregnant during the time she acted in Isidingo. Rumours made headlines that due to her pregnancy she was had been fired. She was released from her contract for the role of Nandipha on the soapie, this after disclosing to her employees that she was pregnant.
In a recent interview with DJ Fresh from Metro FM, Ranaka opened up telling the truth as to what transpired.
"It was very painful, it was my first job, I didn't want to be a penny less mother, I was already working, I didn't see anything wrong that I had done. Although I was young, I waited till I was working, so when it came, the excitement did not make me feel the pain, it was sore, but I could not wait to meet K.G, so I had a very healthy pregnancy despite what had happened but it's not a nice thing to go through, it follows you 18-years down the line, it's still following me."
Briefly.co.za learnt that Manaka said that her and her agent discussed a proposed storyline to fit her pregnancy into the series. This did not materialise and Hlubi Mboya later took over the role.
"I gave them a storyline and they decided to use it on Hlubi, so somebody didn't want me there, when we first told them with my agent, they were ok about it, there was even a water tank in the studio and a couch, and then two weeks later they changed their minds."
Recapping the consequences that had occurred, Manaka stated:
"They used the clause of injury, you can't warn somebody that you're gonna be in an accident that's gonna put you in a wheelchair, there's a clause like that in the contract, so they used that clause, I fought back by working extremely hard and I said, Imma show them, I'm gonna come back.”
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