Drama mars IsiXhosa Music Festival in Bay

THERE was no shortage of drama at the first IsiXhosa Music Festival at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

The VIP marquee was dismantled after it collapsed with a beam falling on a spectator, who had to be rushed to hospital for treatment.

And, after waiting more than 10 hours for Zonke Dikana to sing, revellers went home disappointed when she failed to perform.

Dikana’s attorney, Bongani Khoza, said the singer arrived at the stadium at midnight, which was her scheduled time slot, but another musician was still performing.

“After waiting for an hour and 40 minutes, a decision was taken in the interests of our client’s safety for her not to take to the stage for an extremely short performance that may have led to the crowd being agitated.”

Khoza said they tried to get the City of Champions organiser to extend her slot.

“We were advised it was not possible. Port Elizabeth and its wonderful community remain extremely close to Dikana’s heart. She will do her best to make up for the failures of the promoter,” Khoza said.

Fans said they were disappointed that Dikana did not perform.

Neliswa Nhose, 32, of Kwa-Dwesi said: “It was very disappointing. What started as a good show ended on a bad note.”

After the VIP marquee collapsed, nothing was done to fix it. People had forked out R550 for the covered section.

Cynthia Sibanda, 38, was rushed to Greenacres Hospital after the falling beam struck her left shoulder.

“I came to the show for enjoyment but I left with a dislocated shoulder. I can’t use my left arm,” Sibanda said.

City of Champions’ Mazizi Msuthu could not be reached for comment.

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