Nigeria's Tiwa Savage will not be performing at this year's DStv Delicious Festival.
She was set to perform alongside Cassper Nyovest, Corinne Bailey Rae, Major League and many others.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the "Ma Lo" singer said: "I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason, I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on 21 September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this."
Her tweet relates to xenophobic violence in Gauteng where attacks on mostly immigrant-owned were carried out.
I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.— Tiwa Savage (@TiwaSavage) September 4, 2019
Although Tiwa received support from her Nigerian peers, many South Africans felt she was adding fuel to the fire.
But Today After watching the Killing of my people in South Africa the same way we have all watched it happen a few times in the past. FUCK ALL THAT! I personally have had my own xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans and because of that.....— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) September 3, 2019
Butchering? Stop fueling the fire!— Nontando Mposo (@Nontando58) September 4, 2019
I’m going to need all these celebrities cancelling to get their facts right before being dizzy with their tweets. Who was butchered?— Khanyisa. (@_BobieK) September 4, 2019
The videos are still of South African criminals and no one has been butchered.— NappyHeadedBeasT (@RuRaL_Empress) September 4, 2019
We are not denying the looting or xhenophobic attacks. We are denying the peddling of fake news.