Covid19 relief fund for artists allegedly stolen by government officials News South Africa



  • Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa revealed the findings of a forensic investigation at a press conference
  • Mthethwa said about R300 million in funds intended to help artists affected by Covid19 have been stolen
  • The defendants were five members of the National Arts Council who Mthethwa said would be brought to justice

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Coffers filled with millions of funds allocated to patrons of the arts and culture have been looted.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa of the Arts and Culture Department said on Monday (September 27th), following the conclusion of a forensic investigation, that around R300 million came from the presidential job boosting program.

Job creation and retention of people in the arts and culture sector whose livelihoods have been affected by the Covid19 pandemic were supposed to benefit from the stolen money.

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He assured that the five members of the National Arts Council implicated in the maladministration would be held accountable.

National Arts Council officials, party, mismanagement of funds
A number of members of the National Arts Council have been implicated in the maladministration of the Covid-19 funds. Image: Waldo Swiegers / Bloomberg
Source: Getty Images

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A cacophony of offenses mounted against council members, including breaches of the public financial management law, according to Courier and tutor. A report of 702FM revealed that the minister said three of the members involved were no longer ministry officials while two are still employed.

Duduzile Zuma lists the party in power, drawing parallels with the apartheid regime

In other new policies, Brief News reported that Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, the daughter of former President Jacob Zuma, took to Twitter to once again express her frustrations with the current state of the African National Congress (ANC) and its leaders.

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Dudu’s tweet compared the state of the ANC in his father’s custody to the state the political party is in now; linking the current state of the party to the apartheid regime.

Unyielding on Zuma’s reputation and public opinion, Dudu has been relentless in his defense against those positioned against the former president while simultaneously attacking those believed to be his father. Here are some of the responses left by South African social media users:

@ Thuso4u said:

” According to you. Under your father, the ANC was run from Saxonworld.

@TebogoHammer wrote:

“It’s very rich coming from you, your father ignored any impunity that took place during his dark and evil tenure, he only considered Atul.”

@i_mohale shared:

“I sometimes wonder why Duduzile continues with statements that make people remember the evil of 9 lost years. Does this girl know that we are SANS and we still remember the evil that happened yesterday? Jimmy , Carl and Dudu think the same. “

Source: Briefly.co.za


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