Veteran actress, Nomhle Nkonyeni, has vowed not to cast her vote in the 2019 SA national elections today.
Last week, the 77-year-old was bestowed with the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Other performers who also received the prestigious Order were Mary Twala and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
The award recognises the achievements of South Africans in the creative fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. But Nkonyeni said it did not mean anything to her.
According to News24, the renowned actress claimed that performers have been taken for granted by the SA government and preferred that the government did not mix politics with arts.
“It is sad that the government is taking us performers for granted. Sorry, I am not going to waste my vote on any party. Twenty-five years later we were given empty promises by the same government and to this day nothing has changed."
She also added that it was about time that “we should stop mixing politics with arts”.
Nkonyeni told City Press that the prestigious award would not change anything in her life, as she believes performers are still poor and don’t have a voice to this day, especially those performers who reside in remote villages.
She said they still live hand-to-mouth and still can’t afford medical aid because it is hard being an actor in South Africa.
However, Nkonyeni said even though it’s a tough industry, nothing could stop her from doing what she loves. She is famous for her roles in Igazi, Gaz’lam, Tsha Tsha and Society.
The veteran actress received the SA Film and Television Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. She was also recognised in the same category in her hometown, Port Elizabeth, at last year’s Eastern Cape cultural awards.
Nkonyeni is still working well. She is currently directing a theatrical show called Buzani Kabawo, which is about parents controlling their children by choosing for them who they should marry or date. She will also shoot a new show for Netflix next month and has invested in putting an arts academy together in the Eastern Cape.
“When I am no more, I want to leave a young girl behind who will be able to tell our African stories.”
She shared the following advice to aspiring actors: “The entertainment industry is tough, it’s not about glitz and glam. Dedication and determination is not enough, you must just be strong.”
Meanwhile, earlier today, Briefly.co.za reported that the 2019 South African elections have finally kicked off and millions of South Africans are making set to cast their votes today. Briefly.co.za takes a look at all the general news on this historic voting day, keeping you updated on what's going on.
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