Natasha Thahane, Nathi Mthethwa

Minister Nathi Mthethwa has revealed that Natasha Thahane directly asked him for R1 million scholarship and he’s not aware of Baleka Mbete’s influence. Image via Twitter @Khawula_Musa

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Natasha Thahane, Nathi Mthethwa

Minister Nathi Mthethwa has revealed that Natasha Thahane directly asked him for R1 million scholarship and he’s not aware of Baleka Mbete’s influence. Image via Twitter @Khawula_Musa

Minister Nathi Mthethwa has changed Natasha Thahane’s R1 million scholarship statement which stated that Baleka Mbete arranged for her funding.

Mthethwa has revealed that the actress directly asked him for R1 million scholarship to study abroad and has no idea how Baleka Mbete is involved. 

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NATASHA THAHANE: SCHOLARSHIP SAGA  

Natasha Thahane revealed on MacG’s Podcast and Chill that she asked Baleka Mbete to arrange R1 million scholarship from Nathi Mthethwa’s department.  

“I asked Mam’ Baleka (Mbete) and was like, ‘Mama, I need to go back to school. I’ve been accepted.”

“I don’t know what I’m going to do, can I have funds? Please arrange something for me.”

“She managed to speak to (the department) Arts and Culture and they were able to help me.”   

The actress then changed her statement and said she received R350 000 not R1 million.  

She said she was not given R1 million but R350 000 and claimed she was first given R315 000 and was given the other R35 000 later.  

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NATHI MTHETHWA: ‘SHE DIRECTLY ASKED ME’   

Nathi Mthethwa has now told parliament that Natasha Thahane directly asked him for the R1 million scholarship.  

He was responding to a written parliamentary question from EFF’s MP Khanya Ceza according to an IOL article.

The minister said the actress needed funding from the government to pursue her studies at the New York Film Academy in 2017.  

He also said that his department was not aware of the role played by Baleka Mbete in securing the funding for the actress.  

”What we know is that Ms Thahane made a request for financial support towards her studies at the New York Film Academy directly to me as the minister.” 

“This request is similar to many others that my office and the department constantly receive from members of the public.”

“The public does this possibly because I am the political head of the department.”   

Mthethwa reportedly said the funds were for Thahane’s tuition fees at the New York Film Academy.

The terms of the contract with the department stipulated that she must complete her studies.  

Also read: WATCH: Natasha Thahane FINALLY addresses R1M bursary scandal

BALEKA MBETE: ‘DID SHE INFLUENCE THE FUNDING’?  

The EFF MP Khanya Ceza wanted to know the extent to which Baleka Mbete influenced the funding for Natasha Thahane.  

Ceza reportedly also wanted to know the terms and conditions of the scholarship, and who in the department had approved the windfall.  

This is after the actress told MacG that she went to Mbete and told her she needed to go study abroad.

Thahane said Baleka Mbete managed to speak to the arts and culture department. 

Also read: WATCH: ‘Govt contributed to my R1M tuition fees’ – Natasha Thahane