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Natasha Thahane revealed that she received government funding thanks to Baleka Mbete.

Natasha Thahane topped the Twitter trends on Saturday morning following her appearance on MacG's Podcast & Chill, when she disclosed that she obtained cash from the government after reaching out to lawmaker Baleka Mbete. Natasha, Desmond Tutu's granddaughter, told MacG that when she traveled to study in the United States in 2017, she needed assistance to fund her education at the New York Film Academy. She went on to say that she "made a call" to Baleka and begged her to assist her in obtaining funding for her studies. Baleka allegedly then approached the arts department to secure the funding for Natasha's education. Baleka was the Speaker of Parliament and the ANC Chairperson at the time. "I asked Mam' Baleka (Mbete) and said, 'Mama, I need to go back to school.'" I've been accepted... I'm not sure what I'm going to do; can you give me some money? Please make arrangements for me.' "She was able to communicate with (the department of) Arts and Culture, and they were able to help me," she stated on the show. Social media users were outraged by Natasha's "flaunting of privilege" by exposing how "simple" it was for her to acquire government assistance when many others – in worse financial positions — struggled.

In her defense, Natasha resorted to Twitter to present a snapshot of emails she sent to the department that purportedly remained unopened... until Baleka interfered. "I applied for money, but no one answered." Until the school helped me get in touch with the department," she stated. Tweeps were unimpressed by Natasha's explanation. Aside from the handful who stated they don't blame her for leveraging the connections she has, the majority of people tweeted about how unfair life was and how Natasha, the department, or Baleka needed to answer for how the money found its way to the US under Natasha's name.

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