Wed. Jul 24th, 2024
Minister Gayton McKenzie

Minister Gayton McKenzie has pledged to tackle corruption head-on within the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture, as he stated on Wednesday.

The newly appointed minister has once again taken decisive action, following his abrupt cancellation of the ‘super fans’ free trips meant to support South African teams on Tuesday.

McKenzie has now shifted his focus towards his ministry, recognizing that significant changes are necessary under his leadership.

The leader of the Patriotic Alliance drew a parallel between the old system and the mafia in a recent social media post.

“We have majority good people working @SportArtsCultur, we have a corrupt few mafias but we also have those that got intimidated by those creatives who invoke the names of politicians to demand funding. I will fire the corrupt ones and protect the good ones, we will make SA proud.” source

A Pledge to Root Out Corruption

“We have majority good people working @SportArtsCultur, we have a corrupt few mafias but we also have those that got intimidated by those creatives who invoke the names of politicians to demand funding. I will fire the corrupt ones and protect the good ones, we will make SA proud,” reiterated McKenzie.

Addressing Nepotism in the Department

McKenzie also expressed concerns about nepotism within his department in another social media post.

“@SportArtsCultur has a panel of Super fans, how is it that it is the same people being selected always? The same is happening in funding and in the allocation of tenders. The same beneficiaries everywhere. I can never allow this to continue without clear answers as to why.”

These remarks followed his firm stance on Tuesday against the employment of ‘super fans’.

Controversy Surrounding ‘Super Fans’

The notorious ‘super fans’ Mama Joy Chauke and Botha Msila attended the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France to support the Springboks, a trip that cost South African taxpayers approximately R1.3 million.

Since assuming office, McKenzie has stirred the waters with his new vision for sports in the country, including his ambition to make spinning the nation’s most prominent sport.

Promoting Sports Accessibility

Earlier in the week, McKenzie made headlines by pledging to ensure Springbok games are broadcast on SABC.

In addition to his administrative duties, McKenzie has shown a personal commitment to fitness, continuing his marathon training in freezing winter conditions.


Tags: Gayton McKenzie, Department of Sports Arts and Culture, Corruption, Nepotism, Super Fans, South African Sports, Rugby World Cup, Springboks, SABC, Spinning Sport

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