Pacofs confirms sit-in by FS artists

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The Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (Pacofs) in Bloemfontein has confirmed in a media statement the on-going protest by the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and various Free State artists.

Pacofs Council Chairperson, Advocate Thato Moeeng, said matters have been raised by the local artistic community regarding alleged corruption and maladministration and this has been duly acknowledged. These matters are being investigated by the newly appointed Pacofs Council. “We are unreservedly committed to ensuring that fairness and transparency remain at the heart of all operations and that the integrity of the organisation is maintained.”

According to the statement, following a consultations as well as a subsequent meeting with a Council Representative last night, the protesters have resolved to stage a “sit in” at Pacofs and are still in the building.

This comes after Bloemfontein Courant reported that the Free State artists are staging a sit-in at the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (Pacofs) offices in Bloemfontein for the sixth day. The provincial coordinator of CCIFSA, Mbuyiselo Nqodi, told Bloemfontein Courant, though they are frustrated and fatigued at this point, they remain determined.

The artists are peacefully protesting, using their craft by performing live shows during their sit-in that are streamed on social media to express how they feel about what the industry is doing to them. “We are trying to pass the message to those out there by using our talents”

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@centralmediagroup.co.za