Bonang Matheba Roasts Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa Over Banyana Banyana Pay, Telling Him to Resign

Bonang Matheba Roasts Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa Over Banyana Banyana Pay, Telling Him to Resign

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:07 PM
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  • Bonang Matheba has aimed a stinging rebuke at the minister for sports, arts and culture Nathi Mthethwa
  • "Queen B" demanded that the South African women's national team be rewarded monetarily for its continued achievements
  • She also told Mthethwa to resign, implying that he was incompetent and had the wrong priorities

Bonang Matheba has taken sports, arts and recreation minister Nathi Mthethwa to task on social media.

The renowned celebrity and businesswoman was responding to a congratulatory tweet by Mthethwa to Banyana Banyana for qualifying for the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations.

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Bonang Matheba has told Nathi Mthethwa to pay Banyana Banyana their due and to also resign.
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Mthethwa's tweet read:

"It is with a deep sense of pride that I congratulate the @Banyana_Banyana warriors on clinching a spot in the finals of the Women’s African Cup of Nations after defeating Zambia in the semi-finals. Your victory is a historic moment for women’s football in South Africa #WAFCON"

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Holding little back, Matheba responded:

"Please. These girls deserve MONEY! Open. Your. Wallet. Akere you want an orchestra?!! So d*mn useless!! Resign."

Her tweet was met with a mixed response.

@_Kratos_Rage_ said:

"Teams get money based on the amount of money they generate. Where do you think they get money from? If you buy tickets Bonang they will get paid more. It's simple. Not trying to disrespect you but that's how it works. Money doesn't fall out of thin air."

@KaraboKbmags said:

"If we are being honest the 50k they are being offered is really peanuts. Banyana Banyana should be paid the same as Bafana Bafana"

@KGenius247 said:

"Lol, so much anger at 1:05am?? "

Economic Freedom Fighters demand equal pay for the outstanding Banyana Banyana

The South African women's national team has found itself an ally in the most unexpected but ultimately unsurprising of places.

As reported by Sports Brief, the Economic Freedom Fighters have come forward and called for Banyana Banyana to receive the same pay as their underperforming male counterpart Bafana Bafana. The EFF released a press statement imploring SAFA, the government and sponsors to throw behind the side, which is chasing its first-ever Women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament out in Morocco.

They also qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the second time they've done so, while regularly making it to the Olympic Games.

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