- Kgomotso Christopher responded to a Twitter user's suggestion that artists should also apply for UIF to benefit from the Relief Fund to the entertainment industry
- She made it clear that things worked differently for artists as they are not employees and do not qualify for UIF
- Kgomotso said as independent contractors, they fall outside the relief option and don't qualify for UIF
Actress, Kgomotso Christopher took to social media and slammed the claims that actors don't want to collect UIF grants.
The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa recently announced a R150 000 Relief Fund for the entertainment industry, however, it seemed as if actors will not benefit from the fund.
Scandal! actress Kgomotso tried to put a Twitter user straight who suggested that artists should also apply for the grant. She told them that as independent contractors things worked a bit differently for actors.
“Artists are not employees. We do not qualify for UIF And as for the criteria for R350 for unemployed, I also don't know criteria. We are technically not unemployed but have no work because as contractors our industry has shut down," she wrote on Twitter.
"I said R350 is a Sassa grant for children and families? Maybe I'm wrong. However, employees can apply for UIF. Do you know what that is?
"Anyhow, as artists we pay taxes but because we are independent contractors, we don't qualify for UIF. We fall outside that relief option,” she said.
Although actors also contributed towards paying tax, Kgomotso felt it was disheartening not to get any benefits from the government.
“We've been saying . We pay taxes ... no benefits including UIF, retirement, pension, dololo. Plus we don't get our royalties. A royal mess!” she said.
This actress left Mzansi hearts broken when the news of her leaving Scandal! broke last month after four years of playing the role of Yvonne (YV). The sad news was confirmed by e.tv in a statement.
The Covid-19 outbreak has left hundreds of artists battling with finances as they are left with no jobs.
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