Mpumalanga ANC deputy regional secretary in Ehlanzeni Nathaniel Mashile, has defended a video (SEE VIDEO BELOW) in which he is shown dishing out R200 notes at controversial business Kenny Kunene’s party in Johannesburg, Gauteng.
The video went viral over the weekend, causing social network commentators to debate on whether it was right for Mashile to give the money to dancers attending the party at Taboo Night Club in Sandton two weeks ago.
“I’m a village boy; I’m used to giving people what I have when they dance or do something nice. Some people claim I was flashing cash and the likes, and they are associating this with the ANC. For me, giving people who are needy is my thing,” Mashile told African Eye News Service on Monday.
Mashile, who was in Gauteng for exams when he went to Kunene’s party, said his Sepulana culture prompted him to act in a generous manner.
He was seen giving away the money in front of late soccer star Senzo Meyiwa’s girlfriend Kelly Khumalo.
“I have told my wife, who knows that those in need must be cared for, that these boys were playing good music over there. They impressed me as I am somebody who loves music and I also have an events management company that deals with music.
“I also felt I could give what was in my pocket to the girls who were dancing too. Is that a crime? I’m a person who views it as immoral to watch somebody dancing and not share what you have with them when they are sharing their talent. We must learn to appreciate others,” Mashile said.
Mashile’s wife, Unathi Mashile, a high-flying social butterfly, took to Facebook on Monday morning, explaining her husband’s behaviour.
“Dear Nelspruit people, I sincerely apologise on behalf of my husband for his ill conduct when he was exposed to beautiful Jozi women at Taboo. He is just a village boy who was taught that when a person is dancing you put money down for them,” said Unathi.
She then had a juicy conclusion: “I experience the same when I pole dance in our matrimonial room. He honestly was not splashing money. Yours truly, his wife.”
At the time of going to press, an events company, Bokamoso, was planning a media briefing to “clear the air and bring clarity on some of the distortions that have emerged since this matter went to the media,” read the media alert by Tumi Moatshe.