- The artists who were arrested during the #VulaPresident protests on Wednesday have been released
- According to Durban artist Tzozo, the group of over 30 were freed on Thursday morning
- The artist explained that a memorandum of their demands has been sent to city authorities
The artists who blocked the Durban N3 on Wednesday morning have been released on bail. The artists were freed in the early hours of Thursday morning on R1 000 bail each.
Speaking on Gagasi FM on Thursday morning, Durban musician T'zozo said that 32 were arrested and an amount of R32 000 was paid.
He said that the group had been arrested on Wednesday but the Westville police station did not have a receipt book on hand to process their release.
According to the musician, the police had to contact two different police stations before they acquired a receipt book.
The musician said the group handed their memorandum to the mayor of the city. He apologised for the disruption caused and reiterated that they simply wanted authorities to pay attention to them.
Other artists have also taken to Twitter corroborate his story.
Twitter user ChiefMzilikazi said:
"The #VulaPresident artists in DBN who protested kufreeway today were bailed out hours ago but still remain in custody because.... ***breathe in and out for this one*** @SAPoliceService Westville do not have a receipt book."
Briefly.co.za had previously reported that The #VulaPresident protests were trending on social media after Durban musicians shut down the N3 highway on Wednesday morning.
Although the protests highlighted a serious issue faced by those in the entertainment industry, one video shared online left Mzansi in stitches. The video shows Gqom artist Dladla Mshunqisi fleeing from the cops as they proceeded to arrest the protesters.
Many couldn’t believe how fast the musician was as he sped through stationary cars to escape law enforcement. Others have even edited in his song into the video. The song in question is a track in which Dladla calls out for someone to help him.
Here are some of the reactions:
"I don't know what's more funny, the shock in that voice saying "Mshunqisi"or Mshunqisi sprinting off! #dladlamshunqisi"
"#dladlamshunqisi Good morning everyone! Ngiphuphe uDladla Mshunqisi out-running Oscar Pistorius. That dream woke me up literally just now to tweet about it."
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