DSAC clears the air about Makhadzi

DSAC clears the air about Makhadzi

Newly elected Minister for the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) Mr Gayton McKenzie has come under serious criticism from the public and from some political parties for his stance on releasing a list of creatives who benefited from the department during the lockdown due to Covid-19.

McKenzie not only released the list but also cut supper fans off from the beneficiary list like Mama Joy, which caused a huge upset amongst sports lovers. The list revealed that about four thousand creatives benefited including the likes of McG, and Arthur Mafokate just to mention a few.

Following the list and with amounts given to artists, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) condemned the department for their stance whereby they said it is a victimisation of the talented artist Makhadzi by releasing the amount of which the EFF says she worked hard for.

“When the department faced backlash over this promise, questions were raised about their lack of support for Makhadzi’s trip to the United States of America to receive her BET award for Best New International Act, where she represented South Africa with distinction.

Instead of addressing their stance on official supporters, the department chose to deflect by disclosing the amount of money they paid to Makhadzi for her performances and appearances. This attempt to portray these payments as a form of support is both disingenuous and reprehensible,” said the EFF.

The party says the payments to Makhadzi were for professional services renders, not for gratuitous support.

Following the public outcry, the DSAC says it has received enquiries from media houses about the lack of support towards Makhadzi by National Government to the BET awards, the department says it strongly rejects the notion that it has not supported the super star.

“Over the past 14 months, Makhadzi has been booked by DSAC to perform in several national engagements, receiving as much as R230 000.

The mandate of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture is to create local and global platforms, and collaborations which empower the country’s creative sector. The Department commits to continue supporting creatives through various opportunities, to take their talents to communities locally and internationally,” said the DSAC.

The department says it rejects the notion from creatives who claim that they did not receive any support where else they have received support in order to pursue their talents further.

Makhadzi released a statement to clarify the matter, she rejected the statement made by DSAC saying, she never received any funding from the department in the past 14 months and never applied for funding either, instead, the department called her to perform at the June 16 event and at the Presidential inauguration and was paid for it. The BET award winner says it was not funding but payment for services rendered.

In her statement, Makhadzi through her Spokesperson said the statement by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture is creating a lot of confusion, from its first paragraph to its last, it seeks to create the impression that the star is a beneficiary where else she is not, and further dared the department to release the list of artists who benefited instead of deflecting.


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