Arts & Culture Department hit by allegations of R100m art scandal

Arts & Culture Department hit by allegations of R100m art scandal

- Insiders claim that the Department of Arts & Culture paid out millions without following proper protocols

- This included funding projects for musicians such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo

- Some sources alleged that Minister Nathi Mthethwa was aware of these dubious projects

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Questions have been raised about the dubious allocation of funds by the Department of Arts & Culture under Minister Nathi Mthethwa. 

There are allegations that the department paid out public funds to artists without going through proper processes.

These dubious payments include R36 million reportedly paid to Ladysmith Black Mambazo for, among other things, recording an album with Jacob Zuma.

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According to News24, the department agreed to more than R100 million's worth of funding deals in the last financial year alone. 

This was in violation of the department's own guidelines, which state that all payouts of more than R1 million must be authorised by a committee. It appears that these payouts were never agreed to by the proper committee, has gathered. 

Additionally, some insiders claim that Mthethwa himself was aware of these funding schemes when they went into effect. 

Among the other sources alleged to have benefited from these funding deals are Living Legends Legacy Trust World, the ospel Powerhouse organisation, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of SA and more.

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There have also been suspicions regarding the R2.5 million paid to James Ngcobo to serve as creative director for Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration.

Sources told News24 that this might be a conflict of interest, as Ngcobo already worked for the Market Theatre, which is a state-run institution.

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