Durban - The African National Congress Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday defended its treasurer general Reggie Nkabinde from claims that his record label was getting government funding.
It rejected Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s claim that the label, Mabala Noise, was a publicly-funded project aimed at looting government coffers.
“This attack is aimed at distracting a young man who has entered the entertainment space and made a difference,” provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo said in a statement.
“This attack is about demonising a black child who has worked hard to prosper.”
He was referring to EFF leader Julius Malema's claims that Nkabinde had benefited from government contracts.
Malema told reporters that the IEC’s results centre in Pretoria last week that Nkabinde had received money from the department of water and sanitation due to the nature of his relationship with Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. Malema claimed the record label gave each signed artist "not less than R5m".
On Monday, Nkabinde said the accusations were a lie.
Sabelo said young people had to participate and lead in all sectors, particularly the business sector, to create jobs.
“No person in their right mind can attack a young black man for prospering,” he said.