Nothing to laugh about as Brand tour is cancelled
BRITISH comic Russell Brand cancelled his six-date South African tour yesterday, after he was blocked from flying to the country.
Brand’s tour publicist, Debra de Souza, said in a statement that he was “refused permission to fly to South Africa because his passport didn’t contain the mandatory number of empty pages. Consequently he has now been forced to cancel his tour. ”
Brand posted a picture of himself on Twitter waving at the airport with an information board in the background indicating the Joburg flight.
“Banned from South Africa. Here ready to go. Refused entry. Hope I can come soon,” he told his 7 million followers. South Africa requires visitors to have at least two blank pages in their passport to enter the country.
Local promoter Tony Feldman said tickets would be refunded and that organisers were hoping to reschedule dates for sometime in the middle of next year.
Brand was due to play six sold-out shows in South Africa.