The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has denied reports that it spent R50 million on the funeral of Kwaito and Gqom musician, Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo.
The KZN based musician passed away last week after suffering a stroke.
The provincial government issued a statement on Wednesday, responding to rumours being spread on social media regarding its financial support to Mampintsha’s family.
“Our regret arises from the fact that the family is still in a period of mourning, and in line with ubuntu, this period requires of us to support and respect the family as they come to terms with the loss of their flesh and blood.
“However, as a transparent and accountable government, we wish to clarify that the support provided by the provincial government to the bereaved families did not exceed R220 000.
“There is simply no truth to the insinuation that the province may have used R50 million,” the provincial government said.
The statement explained that some R170 000 was contributed by the Office of the Premier, while a further R50 000 was spent by the KZN Department of Sport Arts and Culture.
According to the provincial government, the allegations regarding the R50 million stem from a statement made in the name of former KZN Premier, Dr Sbusiso Ndebele – a statement he has since denounced.
“Fortunately, this statement, which was meant for confusion purposes, has also been rejected outright as fake news by [the] former Premier. We welcome the [new] statement from former Premier Ndebele, which settles the matter once and for all.
“This was clearly the work of wedge drivers who want to sow division between the ANC, government on one hand, and artists and society on the other, for their own nefarious intentions,” the statement read.
The provincial government appealed to the public to “be circumspect, and not to abuse the power of social media by spreading false information”.