R300 million arts stimulus mismanaged - Minister Nathi Mthethwa
Some applicants were overpaid while others have yet to receive a cent
Two of the officials fingered for maladministration is still employed by the National Arts Council
Five National Arts Council (NAC) members have been implicated in the mismanagement of R300 million in arts stimulus, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa revealed on Monday.
The money was meant to create jobs and retain initiatives while the sector reels from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Minister Mthethwa has given the senior NAC members implicated in the mismanagement of the stimulus package seven days to respond to the allegations against them.
"I have instructed the NAC that as they implement the recommendations of the forensic audit firm, they must ensure that amongst others if there are funds which were given to people inappropriately, those funds must be recouped,” said Mthethwa.
Mike Wills interviewed Eyewitness News political journalist Thando Kubheka to explain (scroll up to listen).
It was earmarked for artists… It was distributed unevenly… Some applicants received more than they applied for… There was an overcommitment of funds…Thando Kubheka, political journalist - Eyewitness News
There was maladministration… Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the officials violated their duties… Two are still employed…Thando Kubheka, political journalist - Eyewitness News
They overpaid artists who received assistance… The money was used for what it was meant for… About 55% of artists have not been paid yet…Thando Kubheka, political journalist - Eyewitness News
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