Rosemary Mangope, the chief executive of the state’s largest arts funding body, has been accused of irregularly giving herself a huge pay hike and bonus, and of using her power to irregularly award arts and culture development funds to her preferred projects.

These and several other allegations against Mangope, the daughter-in-law of late Bophuthatswana leader Lucas Mangope, have made their way to Parliament after revelations by two whistle-blowers at the National Arts Council (NAC).

One received a warning and returned to work, but the other, the council’s board secretary Mary-Anne Makgoka, was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing.

Approached by City Press this week, Makgoka did not want to comment ahead of her hearing. But her allegations are detailed in numerous documents and letters she sent to Parliament’s portfolio committee on arts and culture. Read more