Cops fire at Mon­ada’s fans

Mayen­gani, Mon­ada prove too pop­u­lar

Sunday World - - Front Page - By Aubrey Mothombeni mothombe­nia@sun­day­

A war broke out be­tween the po­lice, se­cu­rity guards and fans of two pop­u­lar Lim­popo artists dur­ing a con­cert in Tem­bisa, Ekurhu­leni, last week.

The ugly in­ci­dent hap­pened af­ter un­ruly rev­ellers at what was dubbed the first Bolobedu So­cial Ex­pe­ri­ence at Morit­ing Park tried to force their way into the venue without valid tick­ets on Satur­day night.

Po­lice, guards and Ekurhu­leni Metro Po­lice (EMPD) of­fi­cers were pelted with stones and empty bot­tles as the group de­manded to gain free en­try to the event to watch Tsonga mu­si­cian Benny Mayen­gani and Kh­elobedu disco artist King Mon­ada.

Sun­day World wit­nessed as the po­lice re­tal­i­ated by shoot­ing at the crowd with rub­ber bul­lets, send­ing the group scur­ry­ing. More than 30 cars were dam­aged in the scuf­fle.

As a re­sult of the fracas, the per­for­mance was stopped for al­most two hours, caus­ing those who were al­ready in­side the venue to lose pa­tience.

They de­manded that the two heavy­weight artists get go­ing with the show they had paid for or that they be re­im­bursed.

Or­gan­iser Pol­let Nakana con­firmed the fracas be­tween the po­lice and some of the rev­ellers but said the event con­tin­ued af­ter or­der was re­stored.

“We had not an­tic­i­pated that the turnout would be that big as it was the first event we were hold­ing in Tem­bisa.

“We were ex­pect­ing at least 3 000 peo­ple at the most but peo­ple shocked us and came in their num­bers.

“The peo­ple who fought with the po­lice out­side the venue did not have tick­ets and they wanted to go in­side by force,” said Nakana.

She said the event was closed by King Mon­ada, who wowed the crowd with a per­for­mance be­tween 3am and 4am.

EMPD spokesper­son Wil­fred Kgasago said: “We fur­ther con­firm that scuf­fles did take place pre­cip­i­tated by those who had no tick­ets and wanted to gain en­try by force. They also col­lapsed the tem­po­rary fence around the park.

“Both the EMPD and SAPS mem­bers were po­si­tioned in­side the venue to en­sure safety to at­ten­dees and per­form­ers.”

He said EMPD of­fi­cers were com­pelled to use rub­ber bul­lets on the rowdy crowd af­ter they had over­pow­ered pri­vate se­cu­rity per­son­nel at the venue.

A case of pub­lic vi­o­lence has since been opened by po­lice at Tem­bisa po­lice sta­tion.

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King Mon­ada waited long to per­form in Tem­bisa.

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