Buy Nando's but don't stop the party - ANCYL in KZN

By Drum Digital
06 October 2015

The African National Congress Youth League's (ANCYL) KwaZulu-Natal secretary Thanduxolo Sabela was fighting for the right to party - just one item on a robust list of other demands.

Speaking at a media briefing, Sabela said the ANC should bring back a programme supporting artists performing during government functions by using a budget previously shelved during times of austerity.

Sabela said the need for entertainment trumped personal security, party credit cards and fast food.

“If the government wants to implement cost-cutting measures, they must cut these blue light vehicles and bodyguards always following them around. They must do away with these credit cards and do away with lunch and buy Nando's like everybody else ... Those are the things they must cut, not employment,” he said.

The “young lions” on Monday said they had met with young people in the creative industry on September 30.

The meeting, attended by DJs, actors, poets and comedians, highlighted challenges facing the creative industry.

‘Artists are business people’

“Among the challenges raised was the decision of the provincial government to reduce [the use of] artists at government events ... As the youth league, we [are] committed to taking up the plight of these artists,” deputy chairperson Kwazi Mshengu said.

ANCYL treasurer Siyabonga Nene said: “People enjoy being entertained by artists... But we must also remember artists are business people looking after their own interests. Sometimes we tend to be too biased on the austerity measures that protect the current status quo.”

Sabela said they did not want the government to stop using young people who were using their talent to make a living.

“We support the use of artists during government events to showcase their skills. We are against government’s position… and we will support them by all means, even if we go out into the streets and march, we are ready to be side by side with the artists of KwaZulu-Natal and artists in general," he said.

He believed the government was "working against creating employment".

“If cutting the costs on artists means adding a burden on employment, then our government must move away from it…Must our artists languish on the streets with the rest of the unemployed youth?” he asked.

Source: News24

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