Pay parity for Banyana does not mean prezzies from glory-hunting ministers

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Banyana Banyana were crowned Wafcon champions this weekend after defeating Morocco.

So the Banyana squad will get an extra R5.8-million to share for their Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) triumph, courtesy of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. Who knows how such a big pot of money can be rustled up on the fly between a Saturday and a Tuesday. Perhaps it came from Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s special budget for reflected-glory hunting.

This lavish donation will definitely not make Mthethwa the national hero he has always been in his own mind.

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Carlos Amato

Carlos Amato is an editorial cartoonist, writer and illustrator living in Johannesburg, with a focus on sport, culture and politics. He has degrees in literature and animation, used to edit the ‘Sunday Times Lifestyle’ magazine and is the author of ‘Wayde van Niekerk: Road to Glory’ (Jonathan Ball, 2018).

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