- The DA has revealed that they will be taking legal action against officials involved in the controversial Jacob Zuma album
- This follows the discovery of millions being diverted from a performing arts centre, allegedly to fund the R25 million deal
- Added to this revelation, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has denied any involvement in the project, saying the recent claim they would be taking part was completely untrue
The Democratic Alliance has come out in fierce opposition to the upcoming Jacob Zuma album, which will be funded by the eThekwini Municipality. The ex-president is planning on recording his favourite struggle songs in a deal allegedly worth R25 million.
Phumzille van Damme, the official spokesperson on corruption for the party, recently visited a performing arts centre in the KZN district. To her dismay, she had found that millions worth of funding for the Community and Cultural Centre had recently been diverted.
The eThekwini politicians who have masterminded the album deal seem to be less concerned with funding local artists and more interested in the Zuma project.
Van Damme has promised to raise this issue with the Department of Arts and Culture,even going as far as saying that officials involved in the deal should serve prison time as punishment.
“If eThekwini goes ahead with the proposed funding of Zuma’s record deal, it will be seen as an act of corruption, and we will be forced to take action that comes with combatting acts of corruption, and call for those facilitating these corrupt activities to be prosecuted leading to 15 years in prison. The theft of the people’s money cannot be treated with kid gloves”
Another disappointing development for the controversial record is the recent statement from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, denying that they would feature on the album.
Briefly.co.za recently reported that Thembinkosi Ngcobo had claimed the group would be doing a duet with Zuma, even offering up their studio free of charge.
This seems to have been a gross exaggeration on the part of the Head of Parks and Recreation, with the group denying any knowledge of the project.
The masterminds behind the record deal have managed to pull off a dubious stunt, months before the album's release. They have diverted funding from public centres, been threatened with prison time and have even been accused of lying to garner publicity.
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