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DISAPPOINTED fans who were hoping to attend the first Gugulethu Jazz Festival at the weekend are expected to be refunded after the event was cancelled at the last minute.
Popular local musicians MiCasa, Mafikizolo, Simphiwe Dana, pictured, and others had been lined up to perform at the Gugulethu Stadium.
Instead of the promised show, braais, a car expo and music fans were turned away from the venue by police and are demanding answers and their money back.
Jwarhakazi Nkumanda said she was disappointed by the lack of communication from the organisers.
“People were very negative about the event not happening. Rumours were going around it would not happen. But when I called the company on Thursday, a woman there told me everything was still going to go ahead,” she said.
“We went at 11am and there was nothing happening there. We went back at 2pm and we were told to come back at 5pm. Then when we went at 5pm we were told to come back at 7pm. But nothing was happening. There were just two tents and hired toilets,” Nkumanda said.
She said she and her friends had even asked the police at the stadium to allow them in to host their own party.
“The police said if we didn’t leave they would arrest us for public drinking. Many people went to Mzoli’s. This was not fair and disrespectful to the ticket holders, they are killing Gugulethu’s reputation.”
The festival’s organiser, Shaun Sishuba – a director of the PlatMedia Group – could not be reached for comment yesterday but posted an apology on Facebook and said those who bought tickets would be refunded.
“Based on compliance issues… on the event, we had to make an unfortunate decision of cancelling the event and we will arrange for all tickets to be refunded via Computicket and Groupon on Monday.
“Our aim was to simply promote Gugulethu as an ideal entertainment destination however, it did not work out the way we planned it. Apologies for any inconvenience that may have been caused.” - Cape Argus