Cape Town - Congolese superstar rumba and soukous singer Koffi Olomidé, who was sentenced in absentia after a court in France found him guilty of the statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15, is facing a backlash ahead of his upcoming tour to South Africa.
The 62-year-old singer from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was handed a two-year suspended jail sentence by a court in France in March this year. The singer, whose real name is, Antoine Agbepa Mumba, was also ordered to pay 5,000 euros (US $5,700) in damages to the former dancer.
The Loi hit maker is scheduled to perform at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on Friday 28 June and at the Shimmy Beach Club in Cape Town on Sunday 30 June.
However, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in South Africa, which says Olomidé the "Rumba King is a Rape King", wants the tour stopped.
The CSVR said the Congolose musician and convicted rapist has a documented history of committing violence that is often directed at women.