Benny Mayengani claims that the failure of his #FillUpPeterMokabaStadium is thanks to political sabotage. The musician told Thobela FM that the planned event was targeted because he is a member of the EFF.
Benny Mayengani faced an artist's worst nightmare when his #FillUpPeterMokabaStadium did not go as planned.
TshisaLIVE reported that Benny failed to fill the Peter Mokaba Stadium's field area, with less than 100 people in attendance at his show, despite his claim that he sold 23 000 tickets.
Fans felt they wasted their money and were very disappointed.
But now the musician claims that the event wasn't a failure because of marketing (as many fans felt) but thanks to political sabotage.
According to TshisaLIVE, Benny said he was targeted by the ANC because he is an EFF member.
"It is because I am an EFF member and the ANC want me to be one of their members. It was only after I spoke to the EFF leadership that things were resolved and the show was allowed to start.
"By then, people had been turned away and they thought it was cancelled."
The Citizen reported that Benny is also sour because, according to him, the police arrested the drivers of about 20 buses who were driving fans to the show.
The drivers apparently did not have permits.
The musician told Thobela FM:
“Why involve Malema and Shivambu if this was not political? It was political because Benny is a member of the EFF, they’re trying to ruin my image.
"They should have let me fail on my own. The police turned away almost 20 buses in the province, some were arrested because of the permits, but why must the police do that? Why not Metro Police? This was a political act. I didn’t fail, the event didn’t fail because this thing was political.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that neither the ANC nor the EFF has commented on these claims yet, but Fikile Mbalula, South Africa's Head of Elections, had something to say.
He took to social media to address the matter.
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