Ntsiki Mazwai in twar with Fikile Mbalula

By Drum Digital
21 December 2014

In the open letter, Ntsiki says the minister's "obsession" with Beyoncé is killing her and further accuses him of putting American artists before their South African counterparts.

Poet Ntsiki Mazwai took sports minister Fikile Mbalula to task today, publishing an open letter to the minister about his alleged misplaced focus and use of influence.

In the open letter, posted below, Ntsiki says the minister's "obsession" with Beyoncé is killing her and further accuses him of putting American artists before their South African counterparts.

Minister Razzmatazz didn't take the letter lying down, tweeting a string of responses rubbishing the poet's claims:

"This so called open letter is not about my duties as minister of sports wether  (sic) am doing my job or not it's a personal attack," one tweet said.

"Ntsiki mazwai is not fit to question my bonafides ngubani yena? Masquerading as an artists. Questioning my dress sense when you go around naked nobody ever said your dress sense is an invitation for prostitution. Uyiqhelile lento yokuzihla e ntloko i ministers apha kwi twitter ngoba ecinga asikwazi kwazi uku Phendula esisgezo akaqali. (translation: She's fond of disrespecting ministers on Twitter, thinking we aren't able to respond to her insanity. This isn't the first time she does this.) She can't blame me for her inability to pay rent. She invest her energy in attacks than self development "

The twar appears to be an on-going one, with both parties being spurred on by their followers.

Below is Ntsiki's open letter

Mr Minister….sir….as a local artist, your obsession with Beyonce is killing me.

I saw your tweet to Beyonce Mr Minister and I saw red.

Before you are Beyonce’s groupie, you are an ambassador of South Africa. You are a leader. You are a person of influence. Please could you exercise this with some responsibility?

A few years ago you wanted to spend millions of public funds (not even your own money) to bring Beyonce to South Africa, the masses protested and said ‘oh hell no!!! Not with our artists!’

It has become apparent to me that you may not have grasped WHY the masses said ‘NO!’

Mr Minister the masses said NO because unlike you, they do not put Americans before their own. They realise that SA is a family and blood is thicker than water. How in the hell are you going to feed children from outside when your own children are dying hungry? What kind of minister are you kanti? The minister of Beyonce?

It sickens me that you are willing to pay 100s of thousands to American artists who already have an established industry and are basically leeching off other countries owing to greed…..while you can’t pay our artist even 50 000. You are big balling with our public funds to feed other nations. I mean really now…..wake up!

I saw you at the Channel O award dressed like a young rapper who rolls with lil weezy….I was so disappointed. Mr Minister, are you so ashamed of being African that you must put on costumes to impress us?

I just want to let you know that it is ok if you behave your age, people will still like you. You don’t have to dress like an American to fit in.

Your attitude towards local artists concerns me Mr Minister.

It concerns me that you are teaching the people you lead, to idolise Americans, when our country has such rich talent.

Beyonce will not respond to your tweet Mr Minister, in fact there is probably a team of various people running that account (if you know how these things work.)

Also Mr Minister….just because Beyonce has white capital backing her does not make her more talented than any of our own.

You see, when you pay me 20 000 for a gig, you are only cover 2 months rent-nyana…..when you pay Beyonce that million, you ensure that she has money to create a better ‘looking’ show.

More lights, more makeup, more drama, more dancers, more grooming. All of that costs money. You have not invested enough in us for us to be able to pull off all the stops.

If you invested that much money into our own industry, we would be churning out Beyonce's every week. We Africans are not short of creative talent……it’s the drama and PR we cannot afford.

Mr Minister, you are a national leader. When you use your platforms to encourage and celebrate local talent the people will follow. Your obsession with Beyonce is crippling our industry because 1stly you are making the youth believe that Americans are better than us, 2ndly because you are taking our money and giving it away.

Whichever way you look at it Mr Minister, your groupie behaviour is killing us.

We can’t have a leader of a WHOLE country grovelling at an American singer….hayi!

We want to feel dignified. When Beyonce ignores your tweet, she is ignoring all of us….so why are you exposing that to us?

I’m not sure why a grown man is playing out his fantasy on a celebrity so publicly but uBeyonce akanaxesha lakho Tata and if she does its ONLY because you are paying her. Lol*_*

Mr Minister your obsession with Beyonce is yours……please could it not affect our artists.

Kind regards

The girl you only know as someone’s sister (….and I pardon your ignorance)

Ntsiki Mazwai

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