Minister Nathi Mthethwa notes and welcomes outcome of disciplinary action of disciplinary action against the CEO of National Arts Council (NAC) Ms R Mangope and further instructs council to immediately rebuild and resume work as per the NAC’s Mandate

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22 Apr 2019

Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes to advise members of the press that he has received and accepted the report from the National Arts Council (NAC) following the disciplinary enquiry into its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ms Rosemary Mangope.

The Independent Chairperson of the Disciplinary Enquiry this month issued his finding on the Enquiry and concluded that the CEO was not guilty on all charges brought against her in the Enquiry.

Minister Mthethwa has further been made aware the Executive Committee of the Council – headed by Mr Hartley Ngoato- convened this past week to discuss the outcome of the Enquiry and the way forward. Subsequent to this meeting, the Council advised the Minister of the following:

  1. The outcome report of the Enquiry was accepted by Council
  2. The Special Leave granted to the CEO by Council was therefore rescinded with immediate effect
  3. A letter was issued to the CEO that the CEO report for duty
  4. That the interim CEO, Dr Sibongiseni Mkhize remain in office until to facilitate a handover to Ms Mangope
  5. The Chairperson of the Council has been mandated to address the  employees of the NAC to inform them of the return of the CEO and to encourage a harmonious re-integration

Minister Mthethwa has given his blessing to the Council to proceed with its resolutions, and further instructed the Council, CEO, and employees of the NAC to work together to build a stronger, successful, effective and impactful NAC, and to once more recommit to the mandate on which it was founded, which is set out in its founding legislation, the NAC Act (1997):

  • To provide, and encourage the provision of, opportunities for persons to practice the arts
  • To promote the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of the arts
  • To promote the general application of the arts in the community
  • To foster the expression of a national identity and consciousness by means of the arts
  • To uphold and promote the right of any person to freedom in the practice of the arts
  • To give the historically disadvantaged such additional help and resources as are required to give them greater access to the arts
  • To address historical imbalances in the provision of infrastructure for the promotion of the arts
  • To promote and facilitate national and international liaison between individuals and institutions in respect of the arts
  • To develop and promote the arts and to encourage excellence in regard to these.

In January this year, the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) publicly announced it had undertaken the arduous but necessary process of “cleaning up house” amongst its own entities. At the time, the DAC boldly announced that it does not believe in the masking of difficulties, where administration and institutional governance – or the lack and absence thereof in either- occur. It was against this backdrop, that Minister Mthethwa, Director-General Vusumuzi Mkhize and the department’s senior officials spent the past months addressing areas of grave concern including allegations of maladministration, alleged corrupt activities and the purported disintegration of governance in entities.

Minister Mthethwa is therefore pleased to assure the DAC’s stakeholders in their entirety, that much has been achieved in this regard, as  the NAC is but one of a few of  the department’s entities that have  been subjected to scrutiny and corrective action, and it (i.e. the NAC) has stood up to that scrutiny. In the past four-six months of this year, the same holds true in entities including the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Market Theatre Foundation, and now, the National Arts Council.

This work continues, and it is Minister Mthethwa’s avowed commitment that the stability, effectiveness, responsiveness, functionality and impact that the DAC through its entities aims for will indeed be achieved, and this work is on-going. The Department will continue to work closely with its entities to ensure that they succeed, not only in the  fulfilling of its individual mandates, but in order that their stakeholders and beneficiaries and South Africa as a whole can truly experience their individual impact for their benefit and to future generations’ posterity.

For media enquiries and interview requests, please contact: Asanda Magaqa, Spokesperson for the Minister of Arts and Culture: 072 372 6807

Issued by The Department of Arts and Culture