R8 million has allegedly been stolen from government’s Living Legends Legacy Programme, chairperson of organization Letta Mbulu said during a press-conference on Monday.
According to her speech, the abduction of deposited money was discovered 5 days ago, however, the whole sum was presumably stolen around the time the trust fund began.
LLLP has been working since 2015 and was launched by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) to empower young artists as well as to help cultural veterans.
Nathi Mthethwa, the head of the DAC, said that he was shocked by the revealed information.
“I received this news with great shock and disbelief. That such a theft of such grand scale has occurred is in itself atrocious. But that this theft has occurred against this nation’s ‘Living Legends’, our living national treasures whom the Department of Arts and Culture is supporting precisely because as a nation we owe them so much, leaves me in great disbelief,” Mthethwa said.
Now the committee is working with police officers to ensure everything is recovered and people involved in these thefts are arrested.