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Arthur Mafokate Finally Comes Clean

Arthur Mafokate is clearing the air on allegations that he unlawfully received funding from the National Arts Council. It was alleged that the 999 Music boss, his family and ex-lover Chomee, received millions from the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP). This comes after it was reported that R300 million worth of COVID-19 funding has disappeared into thin air.

Arthur Mafokate

This morning, Arthur decided to set the record straight in a 4-page statement on why he applied for government funding, clarifying that he has not yet received funding as his applications have not yet been approved. Arthur said he only applied for funding to assist creatives in getting an income. His companies came up with projects that would benefit struggling artists but has categorically stated, no money has been paid to him as yet.

Arthur Mafokate

“The National Arts Council put out a call for applications for both individuals and for companies to propose projects that would create employment and income for those in the creative industry. Various organisations and companies with capacity and capability, proposed projects to help benefit the industry. Each proposal submitted was to benefit the relevant organisation’s field of expertise and those in that field,“ reads the statement.

After it was reported that his former lover Chomee received R2 million and spent it on a brand new set of wheels, Arthur called out the lie, and even addressed this in the statement.


Arthur Mafokate
Extensive application procedures were required, and all compliance metrics had to be met before any proposals submitted could be approved. It is an incredibly sad day, when people in the creative sector with the right intentions are slandered in this way. Not everyone that is receiving funding is misusing funds.

Dragging the gossipmongers within the NAC, Arthur slammed them for leaking such information without contracts even being signed. “It has become suspiciously clear that there are personnel within the NAC that are playing a divisive role – selectively releasing information on funding allocations which is completely unethical. They are fueling the fire and feeding into the fixed narrative that some of us are corrupt, and unlawfully benefitted from the scheme, without producing any irrefutable evidence.

Arthur asked for people to keep his family name away from the media as they do not deserve the negative comments being thrown at them. “The person who initiated this malicious campaign, or should I say propaganda, has neither contributed to the arts in any way nor has he applied for funding, or proposed any useful projects himself. This individual has a personal vendetta against me and my family and is disseminating incorrect information to the detriment of many people.

”​As the media, it would do well to check facts and question the intention of your so-called sources. This individual continues to slander and defame my character because his attempts to extort money have failed,”​ Mafokate said.

In other news – Gospel star Babo Ngcobo’s house on the verge of being demolished

Gospel star Babo Ngcobo prayed and asked God to bless him with a house. And his prayers were answered. But the blessing might soon turn into a curse.

Babo Ngcobo

The Thixo Mkhululi hit-maker built a lavish house in Inanda, north of Durban, which is sadly on the verge of being demolished. Learn more

Source: Zalebs

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