Kwaito veteran Eugene Mthethwa made startling allegations against arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa on Friday, insinuating that the minister was planning a hit on him.
Speaking at the fallen Bubblegum music legend Dan Tshanda’s memorial service in Newtown, Joburg, Eugene told attendees that he was warned by a friend that his life was in danger and that he must not set foot in Durban, where the ANC was holding its election manifesto, as the minister was not happy with the public comments he made last year.
Late last year, Eugene alleged that the minister was using state funds to illegally fund Tony Kgoroge’s organisation, Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of SA, which focuses on artists’ rights in the country.
“I’m supposed to be in Durban today but I was tipped that I shouldn’t go to Durban because I might be assassinated because I exposed minister Nathi Mthethwa in front of the president. I was telling the truth, I didn’t expose him,” Eugene told the crowd.
He said that he adhered to the request by his friends not to go to Durban as he still wanted to live in order to deal with “the issues of the industry”.
Eugene left the memorial service immediately after his speech and could not be reached for further comment.
– Sunday World