STIR AT 107TH ANNIVERSARY
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