Bonang Matheba. (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Economic Freedom Fighters have called on celebs to boycott the ANN7 South African of The Year Awards (SATY).
In a media statement the EFF says; "We believe this criminal syndicate has no moral ground on which to host such an event when on the other hand they're stealing billions from the coffers of the country."
The EFF is encouraging celebs to boycott the event in the interest of their own country. This comes after it was announced on Monday that international singer Jennifer Lopez will be performing at the event.
"The event is ANN7 funded and ANN7 is run by the criminal Gupta family." The EFF added that the family is "stealing billions" from our country, where the money could have been used to "fund education and the arts".
"Participating in their events would be legitimising a criminal entity and in fact being morally accomplice to their criminal activities," the statement goes on to say.
The political party specifically calls on mega-stars, Bonang Matheba, Somizi Mhlongo, Robert Marawa and Big Nuz to withdraw their participation from the event.
The award show is scheduled to take place on 25 November at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, and will be broadcast live at 18:00 on the day.