South Africans have refused to bury the hatchet over Burna Boy’s tweet promising never to step foot in their country again after the heated xenophobic attack that occurred two months ago.
Musicians in South Africa and event organizers have kicked against the much anticipated anti-xenophobic concert “Africans Unite”, which Burna is scheduled to headline, knowing that it will be taking place in their country. From all indications, they are still displeased by the Singers tweet.
“I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.” The Afrobeats singer tweeted sometime in September after the occurrence of the xenophobic attack which claimed several lives and properties.
Under the auspices of Tshwane Entertainment Collective, musicians and event organizers in South Africa wrote an open letter to the Minister of Sports, Nathi Mthethwa, voicing their complaints and also demanding his department withdraws sponsorship for the event.
Referencing Burna in the letter, the group said;
“Whoever may have deemed that the country needs a PR exercise of this nature would have done so largely as a result of the callous, misleading and unwarranted incitement by this very artist. Not only did he spread falsehoods through his extensive platform, he literally incited violence and hate,”
They tagged the event a “financial exercise to benefit the very artists who have our country in a negative light based on false claims.”
On getting the letter, the sports department through its spokesperson Asanda Magaqa, withdrew itself immediately from sponsoring the concert. “The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture wishes to dispel the untrue information currently being spread on social media, that it is funding the Africans Unite Concert featuring the artist known as Burna Boy. It is unfortunate that the department’s logo was erroneously used on the poster advertising the event”.
According to Asanda, the department had not disbursed any funds for the event.
“The department wishes to reiterate that it has not allocated or granted any funding to the event in question and any reports to the contrary are entirely false,” she stated.