As the interview ended, one MP could be heard whispering to him: ‘What happens next on Isidingo?’
I truly gave my all for the interview. My love & gratitude to all you generous souls who supported me for #SABCboard. Now we await results!
— Jack Devnarain (@JackD157) September 1, 2017
Jack Devnarain who’s also known to his fans as Rajesh of the hit South African soapie, Isidingo has extensive experience in broadcasting, especially film and television production.
His interview was by far one of the best candidates who spoke with honesty and realistically placing the woes of the future board to the MP’s who were interviewing him.
— Scapegoat (@AndiMakinana) August 31, 2017
Kumar started his acting career in the early 1990s while studying law at the then University of Natal & is also an executive committee member of the South Africa Guild of Actors since 2010.
A former policeman and also has a string of honours under his belt including an award from People Magazine for Best Soapie Actor and another from YOU magazine for being a Favourite Actor. He was also the SA Film and Television Awards’s Best Supporting Actor in 2009.
He said the SABC could play a major role in advancing performing arts in the country and contribute to the economy.
“We haven’t even begun to understand the true potential of arts and culture as an actual commodity in this economy,” said Devnarain.
He cited international productions being filmed in South Africa and not a single South African being cast as a “singular embarrassment”.
While he conceded he still had much to learn, Devnarain believed the SABC could be brought out of crisis by stopping “party political contamination”.
Rajesh was trending on Twitter in South Africa as MPs – many of them Isidingo fans – constantly referred to him by his character’s name on Isidingo.
When it was time for African National Congress MP Mziwamadoda Kalako to ask his question, he quipped: “I almost said Rajesh because Isidingo is my favourite soapie. I only watch South African soapies.”
Kalako’s colleague Mondli Gungubele also appeared to be starstruck.
“Can I call you Rajesh….you make us late for work sometimes,” Gungubela said to the smiling actor.
Sources: Twitter, Citizen News