Sport, arts, and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa has received a lot of criticism in the past for only attending events and funerals. It appears South Africa’s complaints have struck a nerve with Mthethwa who recently took some time to clap back at his critics. According to the minister, he does more than attend celebrations and funerals.
Nathi Mthethwa claps back at critics
Minister Nathi Mthethwa recently attended a media briefing for local DJ Black Coffee who just won a Grammy Award. And while he was there, he took the time to tell his critics that he doesn’t only attend celebrations and funerals.
The minister’s comments come as a response to criticism he received from social media users who say he does not offer South African artists any form of support.
“There is nothing wrong with the minister being seen when there is a celebration or when an artist has passed on,” said Mthethwa.
“People do not understand that we deal with artists at a very local level through community art centres. That’s where we start. Our approach to the creative sector is scientific and evidence-based. We follow the SA Cultural Observatory.”
He also went on to add that the government gives artists a lot of support and has sent some of them around the world.
“We have what we call seasons programs that take South African artists all over the world. The fact that people don’t acknowledge that when it happens doesn’t mean the minister of arts and culture only goes to celebrations and funerals,” he said.
Meanwhile, SA artists are still waiting for relief grants
Artists who have slammed the sport, arts, and culture department include Rami Chuene, Kelly Khumalo, AKA, Simphiwe Dana, and Nokuthula Mavuso.