Multichoice, in response to recent allegations, has addressed the claims made by Themba Ndaba regarding the theft of his script for a film he was working on in 2012 by the writers of the Shaka iLembe series.
Themba, affiliated with Teddy Bear Pictures, asserted that his script was stolen by an individual who subsequently passed it on to Bomb Productions.
He claimed he was working on a movie called King Shaka Zulu: The Warrior King in the year 2012 but due to not having sufficient funds to film the movie, he had to put it on ice.
However, in 2017 he reportedly secured funding from the state but it was already too late.
“People already knew what we were working on, so Bomb Productions ran with the idea faster than we did. They got funds and did the story, because they saw that it was the gold they’d been looking for.” – Themba shared.
The allegations of script theft have created a stir within the entertainment industry, prompting Multichoice to address the issue and investigate the matter further.
According to a spokesperson from MultiChoice, they have clarified that the development of Shaka iLembe has been underway for the past seven years, expressing confidence that there has been no script theft involved in the series.
“MultiChoice is confident that there is no merit to allegations that intellectual property was stolen by the writers or the producers.”
However, ZAlebs reports that three families from KwaZulu-Natal have accused the producers of the series of theft.
The Mbatha, Mhlongo, and Mthethwa families have come forward, speaking to the media about their claims of being owed compensation for their contributions to the show.
These families assert that they were accommodated in Ballito, where they were filmed discussing the historical significance of Shaka Zulu.
The company recognizes the gravity of such allegations and is committed to ensuring a fair and transparent resolution.