- Veteran actress Linda Sebezo is fed up with government not taking the plight of actors seriously
- The Isibaya and Lockdown actress said she's forced to now rely on her mother's social grant money to make ends meet
- Linda revealed that her request for government aid was rejected
Actress Linda Sebezo said she is saddened by government not giving her any financial aid during this trying time of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The star said she applied with the Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) relief fund, but was denied.
Linda admitted she's now in an extremely tough position as she has to rely on her mother's pension money to make ends meet.
The actress is a freelancer who's had prominent roles on Isibaya and Lockdown.
She opened up about her plight on Facebook.
Linda said, "It never rains but pours. I just received an email that my application to the Basa relief fund has been declined because they have reached capacity. I ask again, sizolithaphi ke usizo (where will we then get help)?. I have to rely on my mother's pension to put food on the table, such a sad reality."
Linda said, as a citizen who pays tax when she is earning, she was disappointed at the way things had turned out.
She elaborated, "We are taxpayers, contributing 25% or our earnings to tax, but government is not able to assist us. As a freelance artist, it's no work, no pay for me. We are still getting calls for school fees to be paid.
Linda continued, "Artists are some of the people hardest hit by this lockdown but we are told we don't qualify for the relief funding. Where are we supposed to go? What are we supposed to eat? We are expected to provide for our families from empty pockets."
It is really hard to keep an income going and keep one's integrity as a freelance actor.
Last year, Briefly.co.za reported that another Isibaya actress, Ayanda Borotho, revealed she had been approached to do a project that conflicted with her moral values and she had to turn it out.
DJ Euphonik has advised artists to ask their creditors for three-six month payment holidays in order to survive during lockdown.
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