Nathi Mthethwa responds to petition calling for his resignation

The ministry claims the department is fast-tracking a third phase of relief funding for the industry.

2021-01-21 10:08:00 PM

The ministry claims the department is fast-tracking a third phase of relief funding for the industry.

The ministry claims the department is fast-tracking a third phase of relief funding for the industry.

21 January 2021 - 18:00ByMasego SeemelaMasechaba Khumalo, the spokesperson for sport, arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa, issued a statement regarding Mthethwa's controversial tweet.Image:Gallo Images/Oupa BopapeIn the wake of a petition started by

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disgruntled artists in SA, calling for the resignation of sport, arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa, the minister has issued an apology for his “offensive” tweet which sparked the outcry. The online petition,#NathiMustGO,was launched on Tuesday afternoon and has been signed by hundreds of artists from different aspects of the entertainment industry.

According to an artist who is in charge of the petition, Gregory Maqoma, who spoke to TshisaLIVE, the petition had been drawn up due to the minister's failure to help adequately fund artists during the hardships of the pandemic.Gregory also revealed how he and other artists begged to differ with a tweet the minister shared on January 15 which stated that “South African theatre is alive and well with performing arts institutions of the department such as @ArtscapeTheatre, @MarketTheatre, @PACOFS3, @DurbanPlayhouse, @statetheatre and @WindybrowTheatr (sic) offering an array of indigenous drama and dance etc”.

Following thedissatisfactionfrom the artists, the minister's spokesperson Masechaba Khumalo issued a statement on Twitter, which stated that the minister wished to convey his heartfelt remorse for the tweet regarding theatre in SA.“More so, in light of the fact that the creative sector has been the hardest hit by the pandemic. 

To date, the theatre industry has played an invaluable role in driving social cohesion, by bringing crucial messages to ensure that our history is not forgotten and that we continue to educate and empower our nation.” The statement added that the department was fast-tracking a third phase of relief funding for the industry – to continue efforts to alleviate the plight of artists affected by the pandemic that's taking lives and livelihoods.

The minister's statement explained that the department had implemented the first and second phases of the Covid-19 relief fund. Nearly 5,000 practitioners were recommended  for the first phase and more than R80m was paid out to the sector.“In the second phase and as of December 14 2020, over R2m was paid out to practitioners in the sector.” It said 3,658 practitioners benefited from the Solidarity Fund, with a total of nearly R9m paid out. Millions were also paid out through a partnership with the department of small business development.

You can read the full statement below:  Read more: Times LIVE »

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There is no money peeps. The anc stole it. WHEREARETHEVACCINES Let's all SAns demand gorvenment pays cuts to help SA where help is needed No News ‼️ Here is da news : FREE XINJIANG UYGHUR People ‼️‼️ Hayibo abahloli pho Hopefully Masechaba doesn’t fumble Do these people not realize there IS NO MONEY LEFT! Everyone is suffering financially. What makes them think they’re the “hardest hit”? I am actually seething. The sense of entitlement is mindblowing. Go and get another job. Like myself and many others have had to do.

Kikikikikikiki I remember him a minister of police then.......boooom Marikana. It's Not for Nathi Mthethwa to resign on his own-nobody can abandon the huge salaries plus perks of a Minister. It's for the sleepy CyrilRamaphosa to fire useless ministers like Nathi, MbalulaFikile, Stellarated!! masechaba yena?