Chicco Twala Sells Medical Aid

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Sello Chicco Twala got some undivided attention at Deborah Fraser’s memorial service in Johannesburg on Thursday, 19 May 2021.

The heed received by the producer and musician possibly indicates the power and influence he still wields – at least with some.
Alas, Twala used his power to make a sales pitch for medical aid companies and private hospitals?

Listen to Chicco selling…,

“To my fellow musicians. I think sisi Deborah’s death must be a lesson to us -the importance of medical aid. We don’t want burial assistance anymore. The R20 million rands Samro is spending, SAMPRA and all the collecting societies must spend on our well being – medical aid. People must not tell us about death assistance, bo ma burial. Who wants to enjoy money mases’file. U sis Deborah would be alive now if we had medical aid.”

Lawyer activist Ike Khumalo also lambasted that Deborah passed away at a public hospital because she did not have medical insurance. According to Khumalo, Fraser was worthy of five star nursing at a private sanatorium.

Tears drip when an activist and an artist with influence look more inward and do not use their voice and power to drive change for the better and benefit all. Presented with a chance, a platform, they founder in fighting for the quality of service received by many at public institutions.

Cry the unloved people when those with the platform and opportunity to strike a blow for the betterment of the lives of the downtrodden buy into the idea that solving problems of inefficiency in government administration meant privatization. The majority in South Africa cannot afford commercial education, security, and health and would struggle with what looks like a soon to be privatized electricity supply.

Amid all these happenings, the voices of most South African artists were not loud enough to stand on the side of the people. Be it on their social media posts or through their work, such as music. Where the ANC government got concerned, the power of speech of countless local artists got diluted and muted on matters or situations that made hard the lives of the majority of citizens in the country. Something the music band Stimela said should not get done, Whispering In The Deep, has been the order of the day in the music industry since 1994.

SNAKES AT DEBORA FRASER’S MEMORIAL

At some point, Chicco said…,
“I don’t want to criticize the government, but the truth is i support ayikho.”
Was Twala not being apologetic and mild to the ANC government for obvious reasons.


You could swear the majority of mainstream artists were anaesthetic to the conditions of the poor majority.
Had Mzansi artists been consistently and openly sensitive to the pain and suffering of the majority.
Had they effectively used their powerful voices and influence to drive quality government services that benefited everyone over the years, it would not be a shame and painful for a great gospel musician or any artist to seek help in a public hospital. Thousands of ordinary citizens went through the indignity and pain of getting subjected to poor ANC government services in hospitals such as Pholosong in Tsakane.
But why?
Was it not deliberate for the ANC government to not deliver quality services so that it subtly drives business for the private sector?

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