Getrude Makhafola
Premium Journalist
9 minute read
20 May 2022
6:49 pm

Laptop, cellphone and salary until 65th birthday: Arts council boss Rosemary Mangope’s golden handshake

Getrude Makhafola

Rosemary Mangope was charged twice and also investigated by the public protector while CEO at the NAC

Former National Arts Council (NAC) CEO Rosemary Mangope. Photo: Rosemary Mangope/Facebook

Former National Arts Council (NAC) CEO Rosemary Mangope, who left the entity before a disciplinary hearing against her could be concluded, struck a secret multi-million-rand golden handshake with the council last month. Mangope and CFO Clifton Changfoot were charged and faced disciplinary hearings following a forensic investigation into artists’ R300 million Covid-19 relief funds, known as the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP). According to sources at the NAC, Mangope threatened to spill the beans during the last leg of her disciplinary hearing, vowing that she “would not go down alone” at the arts council. “That is when her fellow managers...