Chomee‘s company, Divatainment, has set tongues wagging after the National Arts Council approved a payment of over R2 million to it

Chomee‘s company, Divatainment, has set tongues wagging after the National Arts Council approved a payment of over R2 million to it

Chomee‘s company, Divatainment, has set tongues wagging after the National Arts Council approved a payment of over R2 million thereto. According to Companies property Commission records, Divatainment was within the process of deregistration. A source on the brink of Chomee told the publication that as soon as she received the cash, she bought herself a fresh car. “According to her NAC proposal, the funds were meant for a project called Online Broadcasting Development Programme. But that project never saw the sunshine of day. Instead, she used the cash for her personal use,” said the source. Another source said they raised the difficulty with the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, but he couldn’t provide answers. The source went on to mention it had been strange how companies directly and indirectly linked to Arthur Mafokate received funding. “He and his family received over R10 million from NAC. But we all know he didn’t do that alone. Someone from the NAC helped him,” said the source. According to NAC records, which also are within the publication’s possession, the businesses included Arthur’s record label, 999 Music, which was approved for over R1 million. Roadshow Marketing, which is solely owned by Arthur, was approved for R2 million. Queendom, which is owned by his daughter, Owami, was approved for R719 070, while Black Technical Production Association, which is owned by Arthur and his son, Lesego, was approved for R849 810. Lesego is additionally said to possess received R20 000 from the humanities council. SAADA, a corporation where Arthur is chairman, along side his two sisters and Chomee, was approved for R1,9 million. “All these companies weren’t just approved, but received the cash,” the source told the People’s Paper. When Chomee, whose real name is Thulisile Madihlaba, was contacted for comment, she said she was in school and asked to be contacted via text. She didn’t respond nor devour when she was contacted afterward. Lesego confirmed he received R20 000, but refused to answer further questions. Arthur’s sister, Connie, also refused to comment. Arthur’s phone rang unanswered and he didn’t answer emails and text messages. Mthethwa’s spokeswoman, Masechaba Ndlovu, said the minister was conscious of the allegations and was handling the matter. The publication contacted NAC spokesman Dr Sipho Sithole and he didn’t answer our calls or text mssages. -daily sun

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