Cape Town – The DA on Tuesday protested Chris Brown’s performance in Durban, saying the city should not be supporting the event, reports IOL.
The event, which is hosted by the eThekwini Municipality and which will see the rapper perform at Durban's People's Park over the Easter week, will cost the city R700 000.
The DA said it doesn’t understand how the city can spend R700 000 of ratepayers’ money on a concert by a convicted woman beater.
According to IOL, a report was tabled before the city executive committee requesting the amount for the event which includes logistics, venue hire and marketing.
Brown’s probation, which was set after he assaulted his girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, ended last Friday. This comes after he completed all the terms of his sentence, including rehab, domestic violence counselling and community service.
The 25-year-old singer - who spent almost three months in jail last year for violating his probation after allegedly hitting a man in Washington - had his probation revoked in January following a poor report which claimed he had a "knack" for finding trouble and had been present at two shootings, though he was not involved in either.
Heinz De Boer said the DA does not support people who beat up women and that Brown should pay his own R700 000 for the stadium. De Boer’s stance was laughingly dismissed, with ANC councillor Nigel Gumede saying "we are doing business".
Chris Brown is set to perform at the Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg on Thursday, 2 April 2015 followed by a second concert at the Moses Mabhida People’s Park, Durban on Saturday, 4 April 2015.
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