Makhadzi explains DSAC payment-Image Source@Zoomsouthafrica

South African artist Makhadzi has issued a strong response to the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture’s (DSAC) assertion that she received R230,000 payment from them over the past 14 months.

The DSAC’s Official Statement

Amid backlash over Makhadzi borrowing money to attend the BET Awards, the DSAC released a statement. They highlighted their support for the artist through various bookings, claiming she had earned R230,000 from these engagements.

Zimasa Velaphi, a spokesperson for the department, said, “DSAC strongly rejects the assertion that it has not supported Makhadzi. Over the past 14 months, Makhadzi has been booked by DSAC to perform in several national engagements, receiving as much as 230 000 rands.”

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Makhadzi’s Clarification on the R230K Payment

In a detailed response, Makhadzi clarified that she had not received any direct funding from the DSAC. She stated that her earnings were payments for specific performances, such as the June 16 celebration and the Presidential Inauguration, not financial support or funding.

“She would like to categorically state clear that she has never received or applied for any funding from DSAC in the past 14 months as stated in the statement. We can confirm that the department contacted Makhadzi to perform for the June 16 event and Presidential Inauguration which she did (rendered a service) and the department paid her, that is not funding but a payment for service rendered,” Makhadzi explained.

Addressing the Misunderstanding

Makhadzi expressed her concern that the DSAC’s statement might mislead the public into believing she was a recipient of their financial aid. She emphasized the need for transparency and requested the department to release a list of actual recipients to clear up any confusion.

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“The statement from the department is creating a lot of confusion from the heading to the last paragraph and seeks to give an impression that Makhadzi is one of the recipients and is now being published as stated by the Minister Mr. Gayton McKenzie. Makhadzi is not a recipient and the department should release the list and stop diverting attention,” she added.


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