The altercation between KwaZulu-Natal premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Siboniso Duma, the province’s MEC for economic development, tourism and environment affairs, during the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup trophy tour has caused quite a stir.
Following this, many people have now taken to social media to criticize Dube-Ncube for allegedly making empty promises during the funeral service of Mandla Maphumulo, a member of the late award-winning kwaito group, Big Nuz.
It is claimed that Dube told thousands of mourners at the Durban International Convention Centre that she fought for Maphumulo’s Original Shandis Vodka to be stocked at liquor stores. However, less than a month before the first anniversary of Maphumulo’s passing, fans are complaining about not seeing the vodka on the shelves.
Maphumulo died after suffering a minor stroke on December 24, 2022. The 40-year-old was admitted to the hospital a week before his passing.
Fans Speak Out
An angry fan voiced his opinion, stating that politicians should not be given a platform to address entertainment issues, as they often fail in delivering basic services to citizens. Another fan lamented that Dube-Ncube deserves the treatment she received during the Springbok World Cup trophy tour, as she has no identity in arts and culture. They also criticized politicians for not treating musicians well during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A musician, speaking anonymously, mentioned that the late Maphumulo’s widow, Babes Wodumo, is still waiting for the premier’s promise to be fulfilled. They expressed disappointment in the lack of action and support for her.
When contacted for comment, Joseph Cubai from the premier’s office shifted the blame to the previous administration. Babes Wodumo did not respond to phone calls at the time of publishing.
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