Drama as artists camp outside Minister Nathi Mthethwa's office

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We want Minister Nathi Mthethwa to resign.

A group of artists have been sleeping outside the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture offices in Tshwane.

Their sit-in started on Friday, 22 October and it is still going on.

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In one of the video clips, Eugene Mthethwa who is also part of the sit-in, can be heard saying Mthethwa should resign.

On Sunday, 24 October Sbongile Mngoma, one of the artists who are camping outside the department, wrote an open letter to the minister.

It reads: “Day 3 DSAC camp out. Dear Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Please report to DSAC urgently. Amahobo aseDSAC are waiting for you there. The urgent matter is your pending resignation. As you know, it’s long overdue. You are now serving extra time that nobody needs from you. Contrary to your warped idea of Arts and Culture, one in your position does need to have an understanding of the sector. Creatives can no longer be subjected to your ineptitude, arrogance and outright idiocy. Now do us all a favour and drop off your resignation letter and disappear into the darkest hole. No one should ever be subjected to your uncaring ways. Not another taxpayer cent should be spent on you. You have certainly overstayed your welcome. Not that you were ever welcome. Now, do the right thing. We know you are unfamiliar with the concept but that’s no excuse to stay. Bugger off. Kwanele,” she said.

“I am not sure how long we are going to be there. All I know is we will camp there until Mthethwa and his officials are taken out or he resigns,” Sbongile had said.

When Mthethwa’s spokeswoman Masechaba Ndlovu was approached, she said they were not aware of the planned sit-in and Mthethwa’s office was not aware of the artists’ grievances.

“The minister’s office has not received any formal communication pertaining to a planned sit-in/protest by artists, nor have there been any demands formally submitted to the minister’s office regarding this specific matter. Proper communication processes should be adhered to. The minister has always maintained an open door policy where the sector is concerned. Therefore, we will await formal communication on this matter as we cannot entertain hearsay,” Masechaba had said.

– Dailysun


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