Behold The National Arts Conundrum Of South Africa 3

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O! Bakithi, where…, Where to continue with the nxuba-ka-xaka yase NAC? On 27 July 2022, abakwa M&R Attorneys representing the NAC…,  So, they post another letter with scandalous contents. The destination is the mailbox of Deon de Bruyn attorneys – representative of Tshepo Mashiyane. You do remember him from this story …,

 

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So, Izigemegeme Zika NAC Zifundeka Kanje…,

“It has come to our client’s attention that …,” The letter from M& R reads in part. So…,    “Your client is directly implicated in allegations of dishonest (and) or fraudulent conduct relating to his appointment to the position of Program Manager: Capacity Building.”   Thus M & R claim to have evidence nailing Mashiane. He got, it is alleged, complicit in a scheme devised by individuals within the NAC Council to ensure he is appointed Program Manager: Capacity Building. So, the advertisement of the post and interviews was supposedly a ruse. You know, to keep the media at bay and stuff like that. Under those circumstances, M&R says Mashiane must give written reasons why he should not get dismissed. The grounds are that he failed to act with honesty and integrity. In addition, he ‘acted fraudulently and not in the best interests of the NAC.’ 

 

But de Bruyn attorneys, on behalf of Mashiane, say…, Na all be lies-o! Therefore, De Bruyn speaks of a reliable informant at the NAC that says…, The minister (DSAC) does not want Mashiane appointed at the NAC. Hence the fabrication of allegations against Mashiyane. Ay! uTshepo naye. One source says Mashiane, once a Social Cohesion ambassador…, Yeah, that mision championed by and a thingy that appears to trigger the passions of minister Nathi Mthethwa such that he wants to form orchestras and erect a R22 million worth flag. So, during his ambassador tenure, Tshepo said things that did not sit well with the minister – the story goes.

Meanwhile

Questions sent to Masechaba Khumalo, Mthethwa’s spokesperson, get met with, you know…, They have the writer singing the Lenny Williams blues of ‘knock-knocks that go unanswered.’ You might swear it is culture inherent even at agencies of the DSAC. Again, as if proposing, the NAC -too- has the writer karaoke-ing Busi Mhlongo. Yaphel’ imali yami ng’bhalela wena soka lam’, awungiphenduli ngani.

So silence is golden. Mhh! While on golden things, what if in the background at the NAC…,  You know, there is talk of an extension of a golden hand of shakes to Mashiane? After all, there is a precedent. Actually, former CEO Rosemary Mangope got her juicy-creamy shake – it came with a seal of secrecy. Kanti kufihlwa, kufihlwani? Anyway…, Suppose the NAC offer Mashiane a golden handshake. Would he take the bait? Well, Mashiane says…, “All I want to do right now is to go to work and do my job. That is all I can say to you at this point.”

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 IN OTHER NAC NEWS

Yet to be confirmed talk is that the interim CEO Marion Mbina Mthembu and NAC chair Celenhle Dlamini have their claws and fangs drawn out because…,

In her response to questions asked by the DA on the Mashiane drama, Mbina Mthembu implicates the Chair. It would appear. Among other claims, Dlamini is the ghostwriter of the letters instructing Mashiane to resign. So, Mbina Mthembu got merely marching orders to sign and dispatch. Additionally, Mbina Mthembu is said to have gathered the courage to refuse to sign on projects of emergency funding. Her reservations are that there was no public announcement or call for application for such. 

“Please speak to the NAC,” says Mbina Mthembu when approached for comment.

Exodus, The Movement of NAC Council Members. 

In the fashion of haka matorokisi-haka! Yes, in tow, some NAC board members are…, Hawu! Awukezwa ukuthi uLinda Mvanana, Sipho Sithole and Phumzile Zitumane resigned as council members. Because, says a bird, they would no longer have their names attached to things unfolding at the NAC. But another birdie says the jumping ship council members are pre-empting a move by Minister Nathi Mthethwa to dissolve the NAC council. Also, kuthiwa uDlamini enjoys more the attention and favour of the minister. That, at the expense of other council members. Well, the Swazi princess, it seems…, 

At some point, she throws a tantrum that if a particular council member does not resign from the council as a member, then she is going. Anyway…, In a list of questions sent to the NAC, the writer also sought to check if the skirmishes would impact, in any way, the PESP funding whose call recently closed. A response will be added once received.

Kwa Maskita-Kitane At The NAC

Hayi ke, in our conclusion of the news kuthiwa lapha…, Pssst! Come close because what a-go tell you now na big secret-O! Batjho at the NAC kukwamatlhwaba. Iye, kwamgade ohlatshwa ngezipho. It is not the writer, but isiNdele says the NAC is a playground. Stuff members, at least some, when leaving home for work, they chant the following…, Ha re eng me tshamekong! 

Once at the playground, on lunch break…, Then, they pull a gumba gumba, spin, and sing along to the original LP of the 1980s hit Piki Piki by Malume. Zinjalo ke, ezezigemegeme Zika NAC. Nethamele isiqephu eesilandeelayo.

 

 

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