South Africa’s ruling ANC party has condemned the “conduct” of kwaito musician Arthur Mafokate who reportedly pitch up at the launch of the party’s election manifesto in Durban this weekend uninvited and caused “undue mayhem”.
This after a picture of him with actress and activist Nomzamo Mbatha made rounds on social media.
“I’m cringing with you. I was walking past, post the concert and looking for my manager when he greeted and whipped out his phone for a picture. Being polite I absent-mindedly’ obliged I’m definitely not a fan and I’m sorry I wasn’t present enough to say “F*** OFF, no thanks.” (sic) she tweeted.
The ANC lambasted Mofakate and came to the aide of Mbatha, who was the programme director at the rally at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“We have full confidence in her activism against gender based violence. While the ANC has worked with and supported Mafokate over many years, however, reports of his alleged abusive conduct towards a female accomplice go against the values and policies of the ANC which denounce gender-based violence. The ANC is on record condemning this conduct and distanced itself from Mafokate,” said Zizi Kodwa, the ANC’s acting national spokesperson.