UASA condemns the continuous issue of fund looting across government departments. It is disheartening to learn that no-one is being held accountable for the looting of the R300 million that was meant to assist struggling artists and the entertainment industry as Covid-19 pandemic relief funds.
While arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa has called on the National Arts Council (NAC) to investigate and take action against senior officials implicated in the mismanagement of funds, we call on Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene as soon as possible as we demand that these looters be called to the law. Since the inception of Covid-19 lockdown regulations most actors and the entire entertainment industry have not been able to work and have been surviving on the little that they had saved up. This is a difficult time for those who are fully employed in the industry with families to take care of.
Since South Africa moved to level 1, we have been calling on government to keep this industry in mind and allow them to work. However, the industry is still facing hardships with current discussions about the country moving back to stricter lockdown levels ahead of the Easter holidays. This means that entertainers may not be able to work during this period.
Fund looting has become another pandemic as funds directed to assist our people in need continue being stolen, leaving those in need stranded. It is time for government to put the needs of South Africans first and root out all forms of corruption in government departments. Our people need a government that cares about its people’s wellbeing and struggles.
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