CAPE TOWN – Gauteng-based event organisers, DJs, dancers and media personalities are planning a protest called #VulaPresident to allow entertainers to host gigs and work under the lockdown level 2 regulations.
The planned protest follows last week’s protest also held by entertainers in KwaZulu Natal (KZN). The KZN protest held on the N3 highway brought traffic to a standstill as the artists hosted a mini-concert.
Spokesperson Percy Sleash said artists are struggling financially due to the restrictions at events and that the protest is planned at the Union Buildings before the end of the week.
“It has been four to five months with no source of income for some of us. I am a radio presenter, but I make most of my income from events. I serve as an MC at lots of events,” said Sleash.
He said so far there were 257 media personalities on their WhatsApp group and more people were showing interest in joining the cause.
“Look at other industries like the taxi industry; it is open but when it comes to the entertainment industry it is not opened. It is summer now and people want to go out,” he said.
Sleash added that they hope their pleas are heard by President Cyril Ramaphosa to allow to host events with a limited capacity of 70 percent at a venue.
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