Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has come under fire again for a “tasteless” and “insensitive” tweet on the day of Riky Rick’s funeral.
Mthethwa tweeted that he and his department were at the Kgosi Mampuru Museum in Tshwane to officially launch Human Rights Month.
“As an integral part of our program, we have embarked on a tour of the National Heritage Kgosi Mampuru Gallows Museum,” he tweeted, along with the museum’s images.
According to SA History, it is the only prison in South Africa where executions have taken place.
“Between 1902 and 1989, more than 3,500 inmates were executed in the prison, of which 132 were political prisoners. The gallows was demolished in 1996, but it was decided to restore it as a memorial museum. The prison was declared a national heritage site.”
Mthethwa was criticized for sharing such images on the day of the funeral of Riky Rick, who passed away last week.
The minister therefore closed the comment section of his tweet.
Earlier last year, artists started an online petition for him to step down and for President Cyril Ramaphosa to have him replaced by the end of February 2021 if he did not step down. They started the #NathiMustGo campaign in an effort to also express their frustration at accusing him of being incompetent, regarding the mismanagement of the funds that would be allocated to the artists.
This is after many artists who applied for the Presidential Employment Stimulus Package (PESP) were unsuccessful or had their funding commitments rolled back.
An investigative report by the Theater and Dance Alliance (TADA) found that members of the National Arts Council (NAC) were taking illegal advantage of the PESP. The report further called for transparency to ensure that those responsible for the abrupt cut in PESP are held accountable.
The report stated that NAC did not audit and balance panel allocation.
Mthethwa and the NAC previously denied that NAC members had improperly benefited from the stimulus package.