Thank you. Now pay us please

Organisers of the SABC Thank You Music Concert have still not paid some of the musicians who performed at the event held at Orlando Stadium last month.

Mzwakhe Mbuli, one of the members of the organising team, confirmed they had been inundated with calls from artists demanding their money.

Mbuli said they had told the musicians they did not have the money and were waiting for a bailout from the Department of Arts and Culture.

“We told them that if we had the money we would have paid them a long time ago. We are waiting for the department,” said Mbuli.

“People are angry and I really fear for the staff and for my life. Most [artists] do not believe [us] when we say we do not have money.”

But the department has distanced itself from the concert.

Spokesman Zimasa Velaphi said although there had been engagement between the department and the organisers of the concert, the department “did not make any commitment to support the project”.

Mbuli claimed the department was supposed to contribute R3-million.

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