- Chomee has denied receiving over R2 million from the National Arts Council
- The singer allegedly bought a new car as soon as she received the large amount of funding from the NAC
- 999 boss Arthur Mafokate has accused the publication that broke the story of spreading "false information" about Chomee
Chomee has denied that she received an over R2 million checque from the National Arts Council (NAC). The musician allegedly bought herself a luxurious whip after she received the fat cheque from NAC.
The stunner took to social media and told her fans that a report by a local publication claiming her company, Divatainment, was recently paid R2 million by the Arts and Culture Department is all a big fat lie.
The money she allegedly received was meant to help struggling artists amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Chomee told her fans on Instagram that she bought the luxurious whip about six years ago. The star replied to a fan who asked about the car:
"@nonto_mathebula the car I have was bought about 6 years ago."
Record label boss Arthur Mafokate also defended Chomee. He took to Instagram and accused the Daily Sun of spreading "false information" because they know Chomee can't afford to take them on in court. The 999 boss said:
"What happens when such false information is peddled about someone whom they know can’t afford lawyers to sue such a BIG newspaper?"
Instagram users have shared mixed reactions to both Chomee and Arthur's posts. Check out some of the comments below:
"Sue them and make sure they pay up. That’s what’s needed."
"The investigation will reveal the truth Sir, the ANC is looting the state money."
"We believe you my darling."
"Lol, where's the new car purchased? Imal' ilendile (the money has landed) in your bank acc!"
"If I benefited, I was also gonna say it’s LIES."
"The fact that you entertain them and saw the need to post here that it's LIES, baffles me."
In related news, Briefly.co.za reported that Chomee's NAC proposal reportedly stated that the over R2 million funds were meant for an online broadcasting project which never saw light of day.
Divatainment was also in the process of deregistration when it received the cash, according to Companies Intellectual Property Commission records. Daily Sun reported that their source told them Chomee bought herself a new whip as soon as the money was deposited into her bank account.
Nathi Mthethwa's spokesperson Masechaba Ndlovu told the publication that the minister was aware of the allegations and was dealing with the matter. Another source added that it was strange how companies linked directly and indirectly to 999 boss, Arthur Mafokate, received funding from the NAC.
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