Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says his department is seeking legal advice against those who allegedly mismanaged the R300 million relief funds meant for artists amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He was speaking at a media briefing during which the National Arts Council (NAC) handed over a report to him on an investigation it had commissioned into how the relief funds had been irregularly distributed to various beneficiaries.

Some successful applicants apparently received more than they’d requested for multiple projects.

Mthethwa says those who allegedly mismanaged the funds violated the National Arts Council Act.

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Earlier this year, during the National Assembly’s debate on Africa Day, Mthethwa said those who abused funds of the National Arts Council (NAC) will feel the wrath of the law.

“Those who mismanagement NAC funds, will face the full wrath of law enforcement agencies – like SIU and forensic investigation,” said Mthethwa in May.

Artists have called for Mthethwa’s resignation following the misuse of some R300-million meant as relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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