Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela has denied allegations that student leader Mcebo Dla.
Lazaros Motale's letter "Bala has taken wrong turn" (January 12) suggests that musicians and actors should "consult business specialists for advice" before supporting a political party.
His claims have no substance. People buy music for enjoyment and the artist's expression - not political affiliation.
For example, I am an ardent Orlando Pirates supporter but I will happily buy Zwai Bala's music though he might support Kaizer Chiefs, a team I will never support.
Cope members and supporters are South Africans ranging from the poorest of the poor to the middle class and the elite of Sandton. Motale should have attended the party's launch at the Sandton Convention Centre to witness this.
To suggest that artists and musicians might suffer for exposing their political affiliation is an insult to people who appreciate music and art.
Our people are mature. There are many musicians who have indicated their political affiliation and that does not mean they will loose support from music lovers.
Mzwakhe Mbuli is a great poet. He chose to support the ANC, which I do not support, but I will continue buying his music. Mpho Tsedu, Zandile Nzalo, Florence Masebe and many others support the ANC.
Motale's claims are baseless.