Disgruntled artists demand answers on COVID-19 relief funds

A potential hostage situation at the Gauteng Arts and Culture Department in downtown Johannesbburg has been averted. A group of disgruntled artists barred staff from leaving the building and demanded answers on COVID-19 relief funds. Courtesy of #DStv403

 

JOHANNESBURG - A potential hostage situation at the Gauteng Arts and Culture Department in downtown Johannesburg has been averted.

A group of disgruntled artists barred staff from leaving the building and demanded answers on COVID-19 relief funds.

Many people have already lost their jobs during the lockdown as businesses struggle to stay afloat.

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The government said it has received about 6,000 applications from the arts and culture sector for assistance during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Nomazwe Ntlokwana, departmental spokesperson of the Gauteng Sports, Arts and Culture Department said it was not a hostage situation.

"We had some challenges where we had staff members, for a brief period, could not enter nor leave the building. Working with management and the members of the South African Police Service, the situation was managed."

Ntlokwana said a meeting with the leadership of the arts fraternity and senior management is underway.

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eNCA