By Owen Mafukele and Blessing Mabunda
Johannesburg- Nkosinathi Emmanuel “Nathi” Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture, took time out from his hectic schedule to grace the social media pages and did the improbable, cognisance of the past experience where Xitsonga musicians and their legacy were somewhat not given the recognition they deserve from the powers that be in the upper echelons of government.
Minister Nathi’s online presence almost caused twitter traffic when he wrote a congratulatory message in acknowledgement of the feat attained by the most loved Xitsonga musician in our lifetime, Benny Mayengani who’s affectionately known as ‘the president’ to his legions of music fanatics.
“It is with great pride that I congratulate award-winning musician, Benny Mayengani on his latest achievement of filling up Giyani Stadium with a capacity of 24,000 supporters & elevating Xitsonga music, as a great advocate of the utilisation of African languages in our arts”. By Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, the message read.
Apparently, the message was well received in social circles, with many sharing the post as a sign of appreciation and attitude of gratitude to what the Minister has done.
Benny Mayengani supporters and a significant number of those who share a ‘love and hate’ kind of a relationship with the Tsonga music star, commends the gesture coming from the minister personal twitter account.