Arts min­is­ter wants me dead– Mthethwa

Shock ‘rev­e­la­tion’ at Tshanda me­mo­rial

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Boi­tumelo Kgob­otlo kgob­ot­[email protected]­day­

Kwaito vet­eran Eu­gene Mthethwa made star­tling al­le­ga­tions against arts and cul­ture min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa on Fri­day, in­sin­u­at­ing that the min­is­ter was plan­ning a hit on him.

Speak­ing at the fallen Bub­blegum mu­sic leg­end Dan Tshanda’s me­mo­rial ser­vice in Newtown, Joburg, Eu­gene told at­ten­dees that he was warned by a friend that his life was in dan­ger and that he must not set foot in Dur­ban, where the ANC was hold­ing its elec­tion man­i­festo, as the min­is­ter was not happy with the pub­lic com­ments he made last year.

Late last year, Eu­gene al­leged that the min­is­ter was us­ing state funds to il­le­gally fund Tony Kgoroge’s or­gan­i­sa­tion, Cul­tural and Cre­ative In­dus­tries Fed­er­a­tion of SA, which fo­cuses on artists’ rights in the coun­try.

“I’m sup­posed to be in Dur­ban to­day but I was tipped that I shouldn’t go to Dur­ban be­cause I might be as­sas­si­nated be­cause I ex­posed min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa in front of the pres­i­dent. I was telling the truth, I didn’t ex­pose him,” Eu­gene told the crowd.

He said that he ad­hered to the re­quest by his friends not to go to Dur­ban as he still wanted to live in or­der to deal with “the is­sues of the in­dus­try”.

Eu­gene left the me­mo­rial ser­vice im­me­di­ately af­ter his speech and could not be reached for fur­ther com­ment.

/ Thu­lani Mbele

Mu­sic pro­ducer Eu­gene Mthethwa.

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