Youth league wants support for South African artists

2015-10-08 06:00

THE ANC Youth League’s (ANCYL) KwaZulu- Natal­ secretary, Thanduxolo Sabela, is 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 at government functions by using a budget previously shelved during times of austerity. He said the need for entertainment trumps 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 the bodyguards who always follow 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” met with DJs, actors, poets and comedians on 30 September and highlighted challenges facing the creative industry.

“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 biased on austerity measures that protect the status quo.”

Sabela said they do 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 [artists] by all means, even if we go into the streets and march. We are ready to be side by side with the artists of KwaZulu-Natal, and artists in general.” He believed the government is “working against creating­ employment”.

“If cutting the costs on artists means adding a burden on employment, then our government must move away from it,”

They must do away with these credit cards and do away with lunch and buy Nando’s, like everybody else

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