Event organisers - "with a mixed bag of emotions" - on Wednesday announced the postponement of the 25th edition annual music festival, OppiKoppi, till 2020.
Taking to its official social media pages, they issued an official statement citing their reasons for taking a gap year, emphasising that the decision was not "taken lightly".
"For 24 years, OppiKoppi has been going great guns. Unfortunately, in 2018 we experienced the rampant crime currently impacting events and festivals across South Africa. For us to present the 2019 event with the increased security measures that are required to curb this crime to present a safe and enjoyable festival, the production costs also increase drastically," the statement read.