“We don’t stop ... because we are led by fools ... we continue ... that’s what we do!”

Those are the words of singer and arts activist Sibongile Mngoma, filming a short clip of herself and a group of young SA choristers when they were back in the rehearsal room this week. Some context: Mngoma had spent the previous three nights sleeping on a Pretoria pavement outside the department of sports, arts & culture building. Private security guards and police officers were present, but minister Nathi Mthethwa and colleagues were not — a suitable summary of the state’s attitude towards artists in SA. ..

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