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Absolutely nobody in the arts and culture sector supported the construction of a 120m flagpole to display an outsize SA flag at a cost of R22m. Still, that didn’t seem to matter to Nathi Mthethwa, indisputably the worst minister to hold this portfolio in the postapartheid era (and a contender for most inept cabinet member altogether, which is saying something).

This wasteful vanity project, this exercise in crass nationalism, is an insult to all of us — the latest in a litany of devastating blows to the arts industry struck by the very person who is tasked with protecting and promoting it. ..

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