Vatiswa Ndara finally got a reply to her open letter from minister Nathi Mthethwa

Three months after a disgruntled Vatiswa Ndara penned an open letter that went viral on social media, minister of arts and culture Nathi Mthethwa has finally responded to her concerns. The minister shared a statement on Twitter this week, addressing claims of alleged exploitation in the industry and advised that actors should study and “evoke the Basic Conditions of Employment Act et al in the interim” and that the matter fell within the jurisdiction of the department of employment and labour.

Vatiswa Ndara

The minister denied claims that there was a lack of support for artists from his department and mentioned the financial support that Vatiswa and other cast members of iGazi received previously.

Vatiswa Ndara

The minister said it was “unfortunate” that he and the department had been cast in a negative light. There are notable names across the Culture and Creative Industries sectors that can be cited as having received tangible support from the department, and this is not limited to financial support.

Vatiswa Ndara

It is unfortunate that the voices of the artists that have benefited from the department now known as ‘Sports, Arts and Culture’ cannot present when criticism of ‘lack of support’ is levelled against the department and Minister Mthethwa as its head.

Vatiswa reacted to the statement, sharing how disheartened and discouraged she was by it.

“Rather disappointing response Minister Nathi Mthethwa. It’s almost as if the Minister does not want to be accountable. Minister the industry is falling apart please act … excuse the pun.”
Actress Rami Chuene, who supported Vatiswa at the time of her open letter, called the minister out for allegedly tiptoeing around the issue at hand.

“There are more questions than answers here, my minister Nathi Mthethwa. Did you just pass the artists onto the Department of Employment and Labour? With all due respect sir, you’re heading our department. This is still in your jurisdiction before it even gets to (DEL). Do better sir.”

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The cause of her ‘sudden’ death has remained unknown. Emma Gabaitsiwe Mathebula, the wife of boxing champion Peter “Terror” Mathebula, has died in the early hours of Thursday morning at the age of 65, TimesLive has reported.

Peter “Terror” Mathebula

It is reported that a memorial service for Peter was meant to take place on Thursday when Emma suddenly died. Read more

Source: Timeslive

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