Fans irate as Zahara makes them wait

Khanyi Ndabeni

THE golden girl of South African music, Bulelwa “Zahara” Mkutukana, lost a little of her shine when her four-hour delay at a show in Johannesburg angered fans at the weekend.

The singer, who hails from Phumlani in the Eastern Cape, disappointed many fans who were eagerly awaiting her performance at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort on Sunday.

The starlet – who bagged eight South African Music Awards – was meant to perform at the Old Mutual Music in the Garden Concert at 1pm but only managed to make it at 5.15pm.

Initially the crowd of spectators stood at 2000 but when Zahara finally performed, only about 200 were still there to hear her sing.

Angry fans took to social media site Twitter to voice their anger.

Writing on Radio 702 presenter John Robbie’s page @Sammy Njenga said: “I paid to see Zahara at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. She arrived four hours late! What a disappointment as we already left.”

Another fan, @Naledsmab, tweeted Robbie’s fellow 702 presenter, Redi Tlhabi, saying: “Hi Redi we went to a Zahara concert at Sisulu Botanicals. We left after 3hrs she hadn’t arrived! Unprofessional. NO!”

Organisers claimed that the singer was travelling back to South Africa after a gig in Botswana but Tlhabi was having none of it.

“It may not be Zahara’s fault that she’s late. But ultimately she must decide. There are two people in a relationship: the fan and Zahara – not managers,” she said.

“Old Mutual Music in the Gardens wishes to apologise to fans that were unable to see Zahara’s performance due to her late arrival on stage,” said Old Mutual sponsorship manager Bandile Mngoma.

He advised ticket holders to either get a full refund or use their ticket stub from the concert to attend a future concert in the Old Mutual series.

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