Zakes Bantwini and others blast government for R1bn taxi relief

Zakes Bantwini and others blast government for R1bn taxi relief

- Zakes Bantwini and L'vovo have voiced concerns about the R1 billion relief that Mbalula ordered for the taxi industry

- The artists felt that the entertainment industry was offered pennies in comparison to the massive bail-out set aside for taxis

- Social media users had mixed reactions about the opinions of the local artists

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Zakes Bantwini and L'vovo Derrango have voiced their opinion on the R1 billionn relief fund for the taxi industry. The SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) left commuters stranded on Monday after they stopped operations to protest against the relief package - and demanding more. Zakes and L'vovo both believe that the Arts & Culture Department has given artists pennies in comparison.

Zakes Bantwini pointed out that the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture only received R150 million while taxis received a over a billion in relief.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa, what have we done wrong as the entertainment economy? Senzeni?”

L'vovo hopped on to his train of thought, adding that they were seen as "just entertainers".

"What are we gonna do with money? We must just pop up and sing and dance."

Social media users had mixed reactions to the pair's line of thinking. Twitter user norma_efi said:

"Lol but where is the money that you guys have been earning all these years prior to the Covid-19 pandemic?"

Sicelintethe said:

"Entertainment transports people as well, the destination is not physical, that's the only difference..."

EinsteinL said:

"Chief, the taxi industry benefits millions, many of whom are the poor. The entertainment industry enriches to gloat on Instagram."

taurusengx said:

"The president refused with a mere 350. Imagineeee this guy. When are the elections bazalwane?"

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Briefly.co.za earlier reported that commuters around Gauteng have been left stranded as the taxi industry embarks on a strike. The taxi industry has rejected a R1.135 billion relief offer from the government and are demanding significantly more - R10 billion. Some commuters who fear losing their jobs walked to work, adamant that their financial desperation outweighs the strain and inconvenience of the situation.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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