Minister Gayton MacKenzie stops superfan payments

Superfans will no longer be funded by the department again

Gayton MacKenzie actively starts a clean-up after being appointed Sports, Arts, and Culture.

On Tuesday, the newly appointed minister announced that the department will stop funding trips for superfans.

“I have stopped all trips for super fans; we have athletes and artists who are struggling to raise money to attend sporting events and exhibitions,” McKenzie said.

“How do we justify paying for fans? We shall no longer be paying for these trips and will use that money where it’s needed the most,” McKenzie said.

Superfans Joyce “Mama Joy” Chauke and Botha Msila’s expenses to travel to the Rugby World Cup in France last year totalled over R1.3 m from taxpayers.

The minister promises to stop unfairness and favouritism.

“The time where only a select connected few benefits is over,” he said.

“If you did nothing wrong or didn’t benefit untowardly, you have no reason to fear. I have given a clear instruction that the public be made aware of the people that got funding today! I was shocked when I realised how many complaining artists are receiving money from DSAC,” McKenzie added.