Natasha Thahane shares her story of privilege…
LOL – Natasha Thahane is topping this morning’s Twitter trends after her interview on MacG’s Podcast & Chill where she revealed that she received over R1m in funds from the government after reaching out to politician Baleka Mbete.
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Natasha, who is the granddaughter of Desmond Tutu, told MacG that when she went to study in the US in 2017, she needed help to finance her studies at the New York Film Academy. She then “made a call” to Baleka and asked her to help get her money to study. Baleka who was then the speaker of parliament and ANC Chairperson then allegedly reached out to the department of arts to arrange the money — in excess of R1m — that went towards Natasha’s studies.
“I asked Mam’ Baleka (Mbete) and was like, ‘Mama, I need to go back to school. I’ve been accepted… I don’t know what I’m going to do, can I have funds? Please arrange something for me.’ She managed to speak to (the department) Arts and Culture and they were able to help me,” she said on the podcast.
Twitter users were left infuriated by the “flaunting of privilege” that they felt Natasha displayed by sharing how “easy” it was for her to get help from the government when many others — in worse financial situations — struggle.
Listen to the clip (above) from the full conversation.