McKenzie and DSAC criticised for publishing amounts paid to Makhadzi

JOHANNESBURG – The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) have joined the chorus of those criticising the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, as well as its minister, for publishing the amounts it paid to musician Makhadzi.

The league also condemned the department for making public a list of artists who received financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newly appointed Sports Minister Gayton McKenzie also announced his department would no longer cover the travel and accommodation costs of “super fans” who follow local teams to major tournaments.

Zama Khanyase of the African National Congress Youth League called the actions unethical.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that a department that should be the bastion of our nation’s dedicated creatives, artists and superfans would engage in actions that demean and undermine those it is supposed to uplift.”

At the same time, the department has been criticised for its decision to make public the amount that international award-winning artist Makhadzi received for providing services to the government.

Makhadzi recently revealed that she had to borrow money to travel to the BET Awards due to financial problems.

The EFF said the department was wrong to turn a legitimate request from the public for help into a way to humiliate her.

“The department must stop victimising artists who are already struggling in an unregulated and untransformed industry because for 30 years this department has not been doing its job. If Makhadzi had done something wrong or stolen those amounts that the department has released, he would have been within his rights, but this was unprovoked, it was unprofessional,” said EFF Member of Parliament Fana Mokoena.

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