Court orders NAC to pay National Arts Festival promised R8m

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Freddie Nyathela is the president of the South African Roadies Association. For years he has campaigned against the Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Council’s misuse of funds. (Supplied)
Freddie Nyathela is the president of the South African Roadies Association. For years he has campaigned against the Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Council’s misuse of funds. (Supplied)

It’s an innocuous Twitter account that has been a thorn on the side of the former embattled National Arts Council. A surprising protagonist, the former NAC’s unsuspecting David sits on a little corner of Jack Dorsey’s Twitter, sporadically posting documents, dated and signed by the Commissioner of Oaths to its 297 followers. Amongst them, the South African Roadies Association (SARA), a host of local and international musicians, and a surprising amount of news journos and publications. It would be this tiny account; opened eight years ago, posting infrequent exposes of indeterminate value to few dozen committed followers, that would elicit an apology from the council.

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