- Penny Lebyane has slammed big-name artists who are expecting to get coronavirus bail-out from the arts ministry
- The star said some artists only want solidarity when things are going bad for them
- Minister Nathi Mthethwa has pledged R150 million to help the arts sector during the coronavirus pandemic
Media personality Penny Lebyane has added her voice to the wave of commentary after sports, arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa outlined his department's plans to minimise the impact of Covid-19.
Penny, who's been in the media industry for over two decades, said she's not in support of big-name artists benefiting from the minister's bail-out plan.
Minister Mthethwa gave his speech on Wednesday, two days ahead of the lockdown which began on Friday.
On Twitter, Penny said, "To be be unionised will be felt in the entire creative sector. To see celebrities suddenly interest in Arts & Culture plans today when, for years, 'it' girls and 'hot' boys saw Arts & Culture conversations as boring. Today, they want to be seen and heard. Sadly, it's not going to happen."
She continued, "And also, the real people who need the money are not here on Twitter in the arts. They are not the popular ones. They are the workers. We can't be instant advocate or activist because of a crisis. It's about sowing and reaping. Nothing sowed, nothing (reaped). R150 million is too little anyway.
View the minister's full statement below:
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