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ANC SLAMS UNINVITED MU­SI­CIAN

THE ANC has con­demned the “con­duct” of kwaito mu­si­cian Arthur Mafokate,

pic­tured, who they say ar­rived at the man­i­festo launch over the week­end uninvited and caused a stir.

This fol­lows a

Twit­ter up­roar after an im­age of him with ac­tress and ac­tivist Nomzamo

Mbatha made rounds on so­cial me­dia. Mbatha did not take it ly­ing down and de­fended her­self after her role as a gen­der-based vi­o­lence ac­tivist was ques­tioned for pos­ing with a “rapist and women beater”.

“I’m cring­ing with you. I was walk­ing past, post the con­cert and look­ing for my man­ager when he greeted and whipped out his phone for a pic­ture. Be­ing po­lite I ‘ab­sent-mind­edly’ obliged. I’m def­i­nitely not a fan and I’m sorry I wasn’t present enough to say “F*** OFF, no thanks.” (sic) she tweeted.

The party has since apol­o­gised to Mbatha who was the pro­gramme direc­tor at the well-an­tic­i­pated event.

“We have full con­fi­dence in her ac­tivism against gen­der-based vi­o­lence. While the ANC has worked with and sup­ported Mafokate over many years, how­ever, re­ports of his al­leged abu­sive con­duct to­wards a fe­male ac­com­plice go against the val­ues and poli­cies of the ANC which de­nounce gen­der­based vi­o­lence. The ANC is on record con­demn­ing this con­duct and dis­tanced it­self from Mafokate,” said Zizi Kodwa, act­ing na­tional spokesper­son of the party. | Si­phumelele Khu­malo

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