South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance is to challenge the state funding of ex-President Jacob Zuma’s music album.
The city of eThekwini in the province of KwaZulu-Natal has decided to fund Mr. Zuma’s album of protest songs he sung.
The city says doing so would preserve an aspect of the country’s cultural heritage.
The eThekwini city Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit believes sponsoring the album will boost economic growth.
But the opposition disagrees and now wants to challenge the move.
The DA says state funds should not be spent on people like Jacob Zuma, instead on those who actually want to enter the music industry.
The eNCA reports that quotes DA’s KwaZulu-Natal leader Zwakele Mncwango as saying that “We’re for promoting of culture and heritage. Our problem is when the municipality is wasting money on a former president who is trying his lucky on the music industry, while we have upcoming artists who need assistance.”
Jacob Zuma has already agreed with the eThekwini Municipality to record his favourite struggle songs this year.
Sealed a deal to preserve our heritage through song with ex Pres #JacobZuma. We arrived at his house while he was having lunch & invited us to join him. He then enthralled us with his story telling skills. He will do live recording of his famous struggle songs in April pic.twitter.com/CTdXsiBr1o
— Thembinkosi ngcobo (@Tnngcobo) December 30, 2018
The former South African leader has been involved in several controversial issues while in office. He was indicted for spending state funds to renovate his private home while in office.
After his exit from power in 2018, he has been facing legal battles related to corruption.