DEATH LEADS TO THE END OF iPOTSOYI
ONE of Cape Town’s biggest annual outdoor music festivals, iPotsoyi Spring Festival, has been canned following the shooting of a 21-year-old at the venue on Saturday.
Organisers had to immediately stop the event, which was underway at Cape Town Ostrich Range near Philadelphia when the incident happened.
Rapper AKA said he wouldn’t perform due to this.
“Unfortunately, someone got shot at iPotsoyi a few minutes ago and the cops shut down the show. So I won’t be able to get on stage. Apologies and condolences,” Tweeted the rapper after the incident.
Artists who performed earlier were Busiswa Gqulu, Sdudla Somdantso, Kwesta and Shekhinah.
“The shutdown was due to a tragic incident which took place within the confines of the event which resulted in a fatality,” read a statement released by the event organiser, Kagiso Kalane.
“iPotsoyi is not iPotsoyi if it is costing lives. It is unfortunate that after Saturday’s turn of events our vision has been lost.
“A vision which seeks to bring people together peacefully through the love of music. With heavy hearts, we have taken the decision to discontinue this event series.”
The event was in its fifth year and attracted big crowds from across the country.
Western Cape police spokeswoman, Sergeant Noxoloyiso Rwexana, said no arrests had been made yet.
“Police responded to a complaint at the outdoor event and on arrival we found a 21-year-old man who was shot and fatally wounded. Detectives are following up on possible leads to bring the culprits to book,” said Rwexana.