Dr Malinga, the popular South African musician, has found himself in the midst of online criticism after his electrifying performance at the ANC’s 112th Anniversary celebration.
The videos of his performance at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga have taken social media by storm, but not everyone is singing his praises.
The reason for the backlash stems from Dr Malinga’s previous statements where he expressed his disapproval of supporting the political party.
He had voiced concerns about the lack of service delivery, particularly in communities like Hammanskraal, where residents have been dealing with contaminated drinking water for years.
Fans have taken to various platforms to express their disappointment and accuse Dr Malinga of going back on his words. Some have criticized him for “selling out” and performing for the ANC despite his previous stance.
However, there are others who have come to his defense, understanding that he needs to make a living to provide for his family, especially after his troubles with SARS.
@MightiJamie, one of the critics, commented, “He is an example of how these old political parties stay in power. Many people forget how hungry and angry they were when the short-term deposit is made.” @MrMagong added, “Every artist has a price, I guess.” Meanwhile, @AfricaBegreat jokingly replied, “They gonna send SARS after him again.”
The controversy surrounding Dr Malinga’s performance highlights the delicate balance artists face between their personal beliefs and financial stability.
While some may see it as a betrayal, others understand the necessity of making compromises in the entertainment industry. Ultimately, it’s up to each individual to decide where they draw the line and whether they can justify their choices to their fans and themselves.