Stam­pede at Jah Prayzah Joburg show

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment -

THERE was chaos at the Jah Prayzah show in Jo­han­nes­burg on Satur­day af­ter hun­dreds of fans were re­fused en­try be­cause they did not have tick­ets which were only avail­able via an on­line plat­form – Webtick­ets, and sold out be­fore the show started.

Re­sul­tantly, hun­dreds of fans turned up at the fa­mous Bassline in New­ton hop­ing to buy tick­ets at the door but were told they could not do so.

Irate fans de­manded to be let in and started surg­ing for­ward. Some who had tick­ets found it dif­fi­cult to get in due to the com­mo­tion, adding to the ten­sion of the crowd.

Mean­while, in­side, the show was run­ning late and about 2 000 fans were grow­ing im­pa­tient. The crowd out­side fi­nally man­aged to break in and a stam­pede into the venue en­sued. Se­cu­rity per­son­nel sprayed them with fire ex­tin­guish­ers to stop the chaos. Though scores piled into the venue with­out pay­ing be­fore the sit­u­a­tion came un­der con­trol, many fans were stuck out­side.

One fan said: “No one told us how the mess up would be fixed so that an­gered us and the crowd forced open me­tal doors.”

She said when the se­cu­rity guards sprayed the ex­tin­guish­ers on them, some tried to run away and got in­jured in the process.

“I was sprayed right in the eyes be­cause I was in front. I just kneeled down wait­ing for help be­cause I couldn’t see. I fell and hurt my leg.”

Later when the show started, Nox was first on stage. He per­formed four songs be­fore the chants for Jah Prayzah forced him off. Paddy Watts was next, but got shocked when cans started fly­ing on stage and he too had to make a hasty exit. It was now af­ter 11PM.

Mabla, the guy from Jah Prayzah’s team who usu­ally gets on stage first to en­sure ev­ery­thing is in place took to the stage af­ter Watts. The crowd set­tled down for a bit, but got im­pa­tient with him and he too got a bap­tism of

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