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SOUTH AFRICA: Democratic Alliance Party Kicks Against Zuma’s Album Funding

By Published January 02, 2019

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the eThekwini Metro has expressed opposition to the party’s City Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit move to fund the production of a recording of protest songs by ex-president Jacob Zuma.

The eThekwini DA says it will write to the city manager to prevent public money being used to record an album with former president Jacob Zuma.

DA councillor Nicole Graham slammed the idea saying: "This record deal is blatant patronage, where the people's money will be used to finance the former president's lifestyle."

Parks, Culture and Recreation Unit head Thembinkosi Ngcobo recently visited Zuma, saying the record deal would boost economic development by promoting cultural activities.

While the country's history held immense value, "it is impossible that any rational person would believe that a corrupt and disgraced former president singing ANC struggle songs holds any benefit to the people of eThekwini, the DA will fight this matter tooth and nail in the interests of all who prioritise service delivery over politics." Graham added.

Ngcobo insist that the project was part of his department's mandate to encourage social cohesion, arts, culture and heritage.

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