A leader of the SA movement, Mmusi Maimane, has questioned Nathi Mthethwa’s promise of an “in-depth forensic investigation” into mismanaged funds aimed at helping artists during the pandemic.
The Minister for Sport, Arts and Culture pledged last year to investigate the misuse of R300 million earmarked to alleviate the plight of artists and creatives during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The pledge was again in the spotlight by Maimane amid outrage over the ministry’s plans to spend R22m on a 100m high ‘monumental’ flag. Amid a backlash, the ministry announced on Thursday that Mthethwa had directed the department to review the project.
“Whatever with the ‘deep forensic investigation’ of the missing funds happened, should artists help during the pandemic?” Maimane asked.
As part of his pledge, Mthethwa said he had launched a forensic investigation into the matter.< /p>
“I have directed the department to conduct a thorough forensic investigation into this matter so that anyone transgressing in mismanagement of funds will be held accountable,” Mthethwa said at the time.
“We will, and we promise uncompromisingly that we will pursue this to the bitter end. To make sure that creatives who are suffering today, who are protesting across the country and who have been wronged by this action, [get justice]. would face the full wrath of the law.
“We cannot have a situation where we want the government to approach the sector and want to help the sector, but People who do do other things responsibly.”