Multi awarded afro-pop singer and song-writer Amanda Black was allegedly threatened with a gun by an unknown man at the Mapungubwe Jazz Festival on Saturday. The alleged incident happened after Black and her crew were reportedly chased off stage as they were about to start their set at the Polokwane Cricket grounds.
The former idols contestant posted on her twitter page that: “We were literally chased off stage, and this guy followed us to the car and smacked one of my band members and threatened us with a gun for taking a video of him.”
“We are here at Polokwane at the Mapungubwe Jazz Festival and there was a whole mix up with times slots. We got here on time for our time slot and literally, we were about to perform and they chased us off stage. This guy, I don’t even know what his name is, shouted at us. He gets angry, and he pulls out a gun. I don’t even know how to feel. He smacked one of my band members for taking pictures. This guy was allowed in, with a gun and threatens our lives,” her entry read.
“This guy followed us to the car and smacked one of my band members and threatened us with a gun for taking a video of him,” she explained in her post.
According to a source the risk management team deployed at the festival saw the whole incident and did nothing to protect the singer and her crew. “They just stood there watched him beating the crew and it was painful to watch. It looked as if this guy was on a mission. He was masquerading as an artist because when the risk management team asked him about the incident he said he was an artist. Again the Police’s reaction was not that swift and that on its own raised eyebrows and one is wondering if the department is concerned about the safety of revelers and artists alike because the guy nearly pulled the trigger.
“Amanda is 24 and the crew looked fairly young too and the gun man looked way older. Even if he was an artist or representing other performing groups, can you really kill someone over a time slot?”
Spokesperson for the Department of Sport Arts and Culture, Kola Maila said they were informed about the incident and they would conduct their own investigations. “The alleged and reported incident is worrisome and the department is looking at the root of the crisis. We have already put in place people to investigate the matter and the police were informed about the incident.” Maila said.
Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe said the complainant had opened the case at Polokwane Police Station on Sunday but later withdraw the charges.
Asked how if they know the identity of the gun man and how he could he have accessed the backstage area which is normally manned by heavy security, in response Maila indicated that more information on the incident will be shared after the investigations. “The investigations are still going on and they will share the light in terms of the incident,” Kola said.
Some of the artists that performed on the day were South African legendary Jazz musicians Selaelo Selota, Caiphus Semenya and Sello Galane.
Story & photos: Herbert Rachuene