Government officials who fail to release payment for artists on time should be held accountable for their actions.
This is according to Free State Premier Ace Magashule, who was speaking during a special meeting with artists recently.
The meeting was called by the Premier after some disgruntled artists threatened to march to the Premier’s office to register their grievances.
“By not paying our artists on time, we’re breaking the law. Those entrusted with the responsibility of doing so much should be held accountable.
“It is unacceptable and there should be dire consequences for government officials responsible for such acts,” said the Premier, to the applause of the disgruntled artists who accused the provincial arts department of not supporting them.
The Premier also said that more local artists would be included in the province’s annual Mangaung African Cultural Festival (MACUFE).
“What we need to do is ensure that we have more local artists featured in the line-up so that we balance the equation, that request is practical,” he added.
He added that the province would host a festival for local artists in the near future, which could be turned into an annual event.