Mafikizolo star Theo Kgosinkwe has defended calls for the government to reopen the entertainment industry during the lockdown, saying people can die of starvation while the government tries to protect them from Covid-19.
Theo joined dozens of artists across the country to protest against the regulations imposed on the entertainment industry.
The Vula President movement shut the N3 near Durban this week to call for the reopening of the industry, concerts, and venues. They called for events to be opened with at least 70% attendance.
Several protesters were arrested at the illegal demonstration, and the protests have now moved online.
Theo showed his support for the movement, posting its slogan and claiming “the entertainment industry is feeling the strain”.
While some supported his stance, others questioned why the regulations should be lifted before the pandemic is under full control or has ended. They argued that allowing mass gatherings could spread the coronavirus more easily and put thousands of lives at risk.
“Your health is more important than anything else. Suffering of the industry is not going to help the people survive Covid-19, or aren’t you bothered? I do understand the industry is suffering kodwa impilo zabantu zi safe na,” one follower told Theo.
The star hit back, claiming both Covid-19 and hunger had the potential to kill.
“Both can affect you mentally and lead to depression,” he said.
He said most industries are open and taking proper safety precautions, and the entertainment industry can do the same.
“We too can make sure precautions are taken and limit the number of people, like everyone else. Shebeens are open, clubs are open, taxis are at 100% capacity, so when artists raise their voice there is a problem?”
The star said “artists are human beings, too, who need to feed their families” and should be allowed to go back to work.
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