Minister Gayton McKenzie to donate his first salary of over R2 million


New Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture Gayton McKenzie will donate his first salary which is worth over R2 million.

The voice of South Africa’s new minister has been loud and clear since he took over from the corruption-accused Zizi Kodwa.

Gayton was touched by the plights faced by the artist in Kagiso, West Rand.

“I couldn’t believe that they managed to keep this gallery open despite the many obstacles. One of the ladies told me that at times, they must just accept any price for their craft because of a lack of taxi money to go back home whenever they are at different markets. It is truly a heartbreaking afternoon for me,” he said.

“These artists have been treated with disdain despite the many young kids that they are mentoring and keeping off the streets,” he added.

“Children as young as four years old visit this gallery, which is the second art gallery in the township. I sat with the artists and listened to their many problems while waiting until the money was in their different accounts. I saw gratitude mixed with tears,” Gayton said.

The minister said he will donate his annual salary to the registered Joshlin Smith Foundation for missing children.

“The lawyers are in the final stages of registering the foundation,” he said.

“Although I already received the first salary, which has not been paid over until finalisation of the foundation, I have instructed lawyers to pay over my salary to the gallery,” he added.

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