Johannesburg – DJ and music producer Shimza has joined the long list of celebrities who have called out Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa.
Shimza took to social media to say that Mthethwa had not done enough to help South African artists during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This comes after the star claimed he submitted a proposal to the minister. In a Twitter thread, Shimza said the proposal was for artists to be able to continue performing by televising their events.
The DJ said there was no response, citing it as a possible reason artists were still hosting super-spreader events.
“Supporting this would have meant fewer people would go out to watch their favourite artists perform because they would do it from the comfort of their homes,” said Shimza.
Shimza said artists were being overlooked because the arts weren’t being taken seriously.
“This would potentially cut down on gatherings, but at the same time would not take from the artist’s income because we also need to work. Many might think entertainment is just games, but many lives are suffering and are not being recognised, ra zama but we need assistance. Ra kopa” Shimza tweeted.
Earlier this week singer Simphiwe Dana did not mince her words when she aimed at the minister for “failing” artists since the Covid-19 pandemic hit South Africa.