The concert by the SABC’s COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng to “thank himself” by spending millions on a concert has been slammed on social media after a low fan turnout.
— South African Heroes (@SA_Heroes) September 11, 2016
In the build-up to the concert, the DA criticised the SABC’s decision to spend “millions” on the Thank You Music Concert that took place at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, labelling the move “absurd and diametrically at odds with sound financial management”.
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— Public Protester (@Pasco_e) September 11, 2016
The party called on Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to end this “wasteful expenditure” at the “expense of quality programming” by making sure the “ludicrous” concert did not go ahead.
Motsoeneng deemed it fit to “thank himself” for pushing for 90% local content across the SABC’s channels despite the public broadcaster projecting to run at a loss of R1 billion.
“The DA looks forward to the release of the SABC’s annual report in the next month – it is quite clear that the SABC will make significant losses. We intend to hold those responsible accountable, and will fight to see a ‘farewell’ for Motsoeneng.”
The African Christian Democratic Party has also asked for an investigation into the spending.
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— Tom Eaton (@TomEatonSA) September 10, 2016
Earlier this year, the SABC announced it would play 90% local music across its radio stations, with a specific focus on kwaito, jazz, reggae and gospel. In addition, the SABC said it would play more music from legends in the industry as well as up-and-coming artists.
The announcement was met with excitement from local musicians such as Black Coffee and Don Laka. Laka said the announcement had made him proud to be a South African. “This man Hlaudi made me shed a tear for the first time in many years,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
DJ Black Coffee also took to Twitter to share his thoughts, thanking Don Laka for his “contribution”.
— Kunta Kinte (@tokelonhlapo) September 10, 2016
The line-up for the concert included Black Coffee, Mafikizolo, Rebecca Malope and Emtee, to name but a few.
AKA and Kwesta, however, decided not to perform. According to TMG Entertainment, the two pulled out because they had apparently not received payment.
— Charl Blignaut (@sa_poptart) September 10, 2016
Jack Parow reportedly also did not receive payment and pulled out. He later, however, revealed on Instagram that he had actually gone to the stadium to perform, but there was a lot of chaos and he ultimately just went home before he could get on stage.
I just want to apologize to my fans and the people i met in the crowd trying to get inside that we couldn’t get on stage to play and after more than an hour of trying we left. No one knew what was going on and made us feel so uncomfortable & unwelcome & basically like we shouldn’t be there. We came all the way & trusted your word after everyone else pulled out & u begged us to still come. We are thankfull for all you do for local music #sabc , but come on. Kak swak my bru // #sabcmusicconcert // 🖖
Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli, who spearheaded the concert, had earlier said he was unaware of any payment issues.
The show will probably be remembered best for the fact that the ailing Mandoza took to the stage, with assistance due to a struggle to see after he was diagnosed with brain cancer.
— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) September 10, 2016
Only last week, we were wishing Mandoza a speedy recovery then he goes and performs for a crowd of 12 at #ThankYouSABC ????????????
— Public Protester (@Pasco_e) September 10, 2016