Durban - The DA in eThekwini has condemned the municipality’s plan to record former president Jacob Zuma’s popular Struggle songs, saying this was merely spending ratepayers’ money on “blatant patronage”.
DA caucus leader in the council, Nicole Graham, was reacting to remarks by city parks, recreation and culture unit head Thembinkosi Ngcobo, who revealed that his unit had reached an agreement with Zuma to record the live performances of his Struggle songs.
Ngcobo said the recording would be conducted in Durban in April, with a Durban mass choir backing him.
Graham said Ngcobo had not approached council with the proposal to record Zuma.
“The DA will be writing to the city manager, asking him to rein-in the parks unit and put a stop to this unethical project. This record deal is blatant patronage where the people’s money will be used to finance the former President’s lifestyle,” Graham said.