Music to the tune of more than R300 million – our tax money?

Alex Rose-Innes

Under Minister Nathi Mthetwa, it was a golden time to fund music stars to the tune of a suspicious R100 million.  SCOPA and the Auditor-General have now been asked by the Democratic Alliance to delve into the cookie jar and see who okayed the dodgy deals.

According to African News Agency, Ladysmith Black Mambaso received R36 million green backs to teach traditional Zulu songs (to whom?) and make an album especially with Zuma. That explains why the former prez now sings and dances at every opportunity he gets. He is a musician.

The minister and two of his senior lackeys, Director-General Vusumuzi Mkhize and Chief Director Charles Mabaso, are said to have delved deep into the Mzanzi Golden Fund, so aptly renamed, especially for the Department of Art and Culture to disperse of. #Havemoney, will give away.

Any amount over R1 million should be approved by a committee, but eish, this was conveniently overlooked. There goes the taxes but at least we have the music as Abba said.

Other music beneficiaries were Mzansi Broadcasting Academy, Kwaito star, Eugene Mthethwa, World Gospel Powerhouse Organisation, Indoni SA, Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of SA (Ccifsa) and James Ngcobo, creative director of The Market Theatre, who received  R2.5 million to be creative director of President Ramaphosa`s inauguration.






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