‘What’s your issue?’: The Kiffness defends government payout

Musician David Scott – popularly known as The Kiffness – has defended a government payout after his name was included in the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture’s list of Covid-19 financial beneficiaries.

Scott was amongst thousands of South African artists who received remuneration during the country’s hard lockdown between 2020 and 2021.

Newly-appointed Minister Gayton McKenzie has pledged to publish the names of all industry insiders who have received money.

THE KIFFNESS DEFENDS GOVERNMENT PAYOUT

On Wednesday, the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture published a list of beneficiaries, as instructed by Minister Gayton McKenzie.

The list included well-known musicians, artists, and sports stars whose income was affected by COVID lockdown restrictions between 2020 and 2021.

The list included muso The Kiffness, who just days ago hinted that he had never received any financial aid from the government.

A week ago, he tweeted, “Shout out to every successful South African musician who has succeeded without any help from the government. So basically, all of you!”

Shout out to every successful South African musician that has succeeded without any help from the government.

So basically all of you!

— The Kiffness (@TheKiffness) July 1, 2024

The Kiffness – who has been vocal about his disdain for the SA government, MPs, and state broadcaster, the SABC – received a R20 000 payout.

On X, social media users were surprised by the revelation.

@Ori_RSA: “The Kiffness (David Scott), who always trashed black-led government of the ANC online, benefited from it. Lord Gayton exposed a lot of hypocrites.”

@MightiJamie: “You always attack government politicians, but you take the money. We see you.”

@PhilMphela: “David Scott (The Kiffness) forgot that government did help him during Covid.””

Even DJ Shimza had a dig at one of his biggest critics.

“Well, well, well,” the self-confessed “ANC beneficiary” tweeted.

Well well well… https://t.co/3A2ZzqW3nj

— SHIMZA (@Shimza01) July 10, 2024

However, Scott defended his actions, claiming that he had been “transparent” over his actions.

He responded to one tweep: “I’ve been very transparent with my dealings with @SportArtsCultur. Eventually, I got R20k Covid relief for hundreds of thousands of Rands of shows that we had to cancel. I ended up giving it to my bandmates. 

What’s your issue?”

I’ve been very transparent with my dealings with @SportArtsCultur. Eventually got R20k Covid relief for hundreds of thousands of Rands of shows that we had to cancel due to Covid, and I ended up giving it to my bandmates.

What’s your issue? pic.twitter.com/ni1ihP7oie

— The Kiffness (@TheKiffness) July 10, 2024

The Kiffness reposted a tweet by himself from 2020 in which he revealed that his bandmates had applied for Covid relief.

He added: “I fought on behalf of my bandmates. I was surviving from a budding YouTube channel. My bandmates were not.”

I fought on behalf of my bandmates. I was surviving from a budding YouTube channel. My bandmates were not.

— The Kiffness (@TheKiffness) July 10, 2024

OTHER NAMES ON THE LIST

The Kiffness is not the only well-known name on the list.

Artists like Arthur Mafokate, Busiswe Gqula, Jesse Clegg, and actor Jack Devnairain all received between R10 000 and R20 000 in Covid relief.

However, social media users have spotted that the highest amount – R75 000 – was awarded to podcaster Mac G from Podcast and Chill fame.

MacG gets 75K?@MacGUnleashed we see you chief https://t.co/GfAErZWlrD pic.twitter.com/EHBwyTDGh0

— leo (@iamleonard_LEO) July 10, 2024

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