Actress Natasha Thahane has finally cleared the air on claims she made this week that saw her top the trends list on social media.

In an interview on “Podcast and Chill with MacG, Natasha claimed that she received funds from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture towards her studies at the New York Film Academy with the help of politician Baleka Mbete.

Her claims caused an uproar on social media with One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane demanding answers from the actress and government.

Now, in a video she posted on her social media accounts, the actress apologised to the former deputy president and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture for alluding to having a personal relationship with them and claimed that her words were taken out of context.


Natasha said she approached the politician for advice about funding options when they were in the same building after she had been accepted by the New York film school.

The “Blood & Water” star went on to say that after her funding application was approved by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture she only received R350 000 for her first semester towards her tuition.

She said she also got help from a family member for the rest of her tuition.