Anti-Gaga protests flare up in Cape Town

2012-11-16 11:26
Cape Town - A group of protesters have gathered outside Big Concerts' office building in Gardens, Cape Town to take a stand against Lady Gaga performing in South Africa.

This gathering follows a protest that was held by the South African Council of Churches in Pretoria last week.

A picture of the group of protesters was posted by eNCA news reporter Paula Chowles on Twitter.

The receptionist at Big Concerts' offices in Cape Town, who wished to remain unnamed, told Channel24 that protesters arrived at approximately 10:30 on Friday morning.

"There are about 30 protesters. They did notify us that they will be coming," she said.

According to her, this was the first time they had encountered protesters at their offices, and Big Concerts COO John Langford's personal assistant had gone down to meet with the protesters.

Exponential growth of Satanism

The protesters used placards to show their anger towards Lady Gaga touring South Africa at the end of November and December, adding to the strong stance the South African Council of Churches have taken on Lady Gaga's pending tour.

A peaceful march was held on Friday 9 November to the department of Arts and Culture in Pretoria, where the South African Council of Churches handed over a written request to have Lady Gaga banned from South Africa.

Heat magazine reported on Twitter that the request was signed by the chief director of Arts and Culture, Duduzile Nchoba.

Reverend Mxolisi Sonti, secretary of the youth forum, told the daily newspaper Beeld they are afraid of the extent of Satanism in South Africa at this time, and that Gaga's visit could lead to an exponential growth in Satanism.


  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-11-16 11:42

    These people are morons. The more you protest and make a noise, the more people are interested in what you are protesting about and hence they want to see all the more.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-16 11:50

      I thought Gaga was like last year's news. She'll probably off herself on drugs soon anyway. What a waste..

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-11-16 11:42

    Those old tannies should be knitting for their grandkids or something

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-11-16 11:44

    It's a democratic country and freedom of association is enshrined.

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-16 11:45

    The reason why everyday fire was created was to give individuals a rough idea of what hell fire would be like. Protesting won't really stop that evil satanic occult devil from touring S.A. Jus distance urself from that trash n u will be fyn.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-11-16 11:47

      I'll bear the fire to avoid judgmental religious bigots. I'm sure all the interesting people will be in hell

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 11:48

      I will be at a distance of about 20 meters from her, and i cannot wait! LOVE GAGA!!!!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-16 11:58

      Why do you love her so much, Wes? Cause she a supporter of the gay agenda? Is that it? She doesn't care about you, you know that right? It's all just publicity and record sales for the greedy tart. Oh way, go on waving that flag and screaming like a banshee. She doesn't even know you exist...

  • anna.turner.9237 - 2012-11-16 11:51

    Do these people even know who Lady GaGa is?? Where she comes from etc??

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-16 12:00

      Doesn't matter, she's already a sagging has-been.

      Tharina25 - 2012-11-16 12:55

      Obviously they don't Anna. If they did they would know she is actually a Christian.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-11-16 14:52

      I was wondering how exactly she promotes satanism. Her shoes???

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 15:19

      Probably bcoz of her one song 'Judas'

  • jason.churchward.1 - 2012-11-16 11:51

    Arent we taught to love our enemies

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-16 11:59

      Then why doesn't she love believers???

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-16 15:17

      How do you know what she loves CD? You people are the definition of pathetic. You and your backward, hypocritical, religious-nutbag-friends.

  • rishaal.sewpaul - 2012-11-16 11:53

    Living in SA, Gaga is the last thing we should protesting about.

  • jlushaba - 2012-11-16 11:55

    I bet Most of these protesters children love Lady Gaga's music....... What the F**k? How do u tell if someone is satanic or not?

  • Bronwyn De Gray Birch - 2012-11-16 11:55

    Lady Gaga is CATHOLIC for crying out loud.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-16 11:59

      Well even more reason then to ban her from our shores :)

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-11-16 14:30

      How can people be so scared of one singer? How could she possibly promote satanism? You people in the dark ages need to catch a wake up. Anyone can get as much info as they want via the internet & social media? One singer coming to perform here cannot bring down the wrath of god on us all? Or call up satan? Surely? Think about it? Have faith in your god who you believe is powerful. You arent even being forced to go to the concerts? And honestly Alicia if you write books and council people thats not a good idea? You dont appear to be half as enlightened as you think you are!

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-11-16 11:55

    shame you narrow-minded ignorant idiots hahahahahahaha, i needed the smile today,thank you

  • Bronwyn De Gray Birch - 2012-11-16 11:59

    since when does freedom of expression make you a satanist. Lady Gaga is fabulous!!!!!!!

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-11-16 12:00

    Bless! It's so nice to know the SA Council of Churches and its christian brethren are facing down the evil witch Lady Gaga and saving us all from the hells of fire. Perhaps next week they can concentrate on paedophiles in the priesthood, errant ministers and pastors' wives who, er stray? The pope of course needs a good klap too, for crimes against humanity, so maybe they can fix that too? There's also the vexed question of poverty, child abuse, domestic violence that smashes across South Africa every day. Hope they'll find time for that too. They're all f****** hypocrites of course, but they can't help it. They were born this way. Lady Gaga 100 : 0 Christians

  • jlushaba - 2012-11-16 12:00

    I bet Most of these protesters children love Lady Gaga's music....... What the F**k? How do u tell if someone is satanic or not?

  • leigh.ridgway - 2012-11-16 12:01

    @alicia.myburgh.65 - If Lady Gagga is fat then you must be able to do a u-turn in a hosepipe!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 14:26

      Lol she thinks she is the SH*t, just because she writes books and stuff. Whatever, i don't how some people get the gall to put themselves on pedestals like that.

  • neil.ross.5473 - 2012-11-16 12:01

    The only thing bad about Lady Gaga is her crappy music. Let her perform if people want to waste money to see her. There are much more important things to bother god about - like rape, child abuse, zuma... go protest about those.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-16 12:07

      Post of the week goes to you my friend :)

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 13:19

      Anything the religious don't understand, is labelled evil. Lame

  • pamela.jacobs.509 - 2012-11-16 12:02

    At least they are peaceful protesters ;-) It's so easy to use Gaga as a scapegoat for other people's religious problems, if you are going to become a satanist just because of one woman's singing then I don't know, is the problem really with the artists. Can't wait to see Gaga, love her music.

  • evan.hurwitz.7 - 2012-11-16 12:02

    Normally I stay away from decrying the poor state of journalism around, but this just jumped up and demanded to be pointed out: "The receptionist at Big Concerts' offices in Cape Town, who wished to remain unnamed..." You utter pillock! If you're going to try to preserve your source's anonymity, then don't give her place of work and job title! Really pathetic.

  • ronnie.duplessis.7 - 2012-11-16 12:04

    We all have the right to voice our opinion, and protesting against something especially in South Africa is the norm these days, our previously disadvantaged brothers and sisters can take a leave out of these protesters books and see what a peaceful protest is all about. Pity Wessel does not see it this way, all "US" psycho Christian will pray for you my brother.

  • bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-11-16 12:04

    So are we going to ban witch doctors and their ilk as well......? Just asking.

  • adrianziller - 2012-11-16 12:07

    This. Is. Retarded. (Ask the protesters if they like Elvis)

  • hanno.vanhelsdingen - 2012-11-16 12:09

    Not a Gaga fan. Dont go to concert. Simple. This protest is free publicity. Go and live your life a a Christian rather than walking around with placards. This protest has No impact. Your lives and love towards others will however.

  • nicrsa - 2012-11-16 12:09

    Haha, this is rather funny..... let them protest, they are allowed too, no matter how dumb they may seem. Just as they have a right to protest, so we have a right to go to a rocking concert and bask in our ''satinism''. Cannot wait for the concert!

  • jlushaba - 2012-11-16 12:09

    I bet Most of these protesters children love Lady Gaga's music....... What the F**k? How do u tell if someone is satanic or not?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-16 12:11

      Well look at that picture. She's either possessed or battling with a serious number 2.

      jlushaba - 2012-11-16 12:38

      Its the love of music, not being possessed..... take a look at Rock, Kwaito, House, Jazz, Pop, and Gospel stars... they all have different reaction in their music

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-16 13:03


  • KallieHBal - 2012-11-16 12:10

    Not one of them has a Poker Face.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-16 12:15

      But they're all on the edge of glory.

      dean.swift.737 - 2012-11-16 12:39

      Charles me ol' lad...for Gaga hater you seem to know a lot of her songs. Hypocrite much?

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-11-16 12:11

    sad to see how foolish people are. protesting against her cause she may be satanic yet we all rushed to buy Michael Jackson tickets even though we know he had a history with little boys. please lady gaga is a lady cause the last i checked she definitely is not a man. i agree why are we wasting our time protesting about gaga when our government is spending billions to feed themselves yet we know there are millions who need it more. people in this country need to get there priorities correct.

  • Kelly Lundberg - 2012-11-16 12:12

    i was a fan of Lady Gaga in the beginning but not so much any more. i think to ban her from south africa is ridiculous!! her show is just going to be about music and dancing. if people want to take it further and believe that its satanic then those ppl have serious issues. i mean really, how is her performance going to tell someone to be satanic... this country makes me laugh!!!!

      anndonne.strydom - 2012-11-16 12:47

      And, IF she is satanic, and she can't come to SA, he little monsters are STILL going to be satanic. Easily influenced kids don't need to go to the show to be influenced be her. haha

  • jlushaba - 2012-11-16 12:15

    Next time Pastor Chris comes to SA with his greasy hair, we'll also have to protest.... Isnt he a satanist?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-16 12:18

      No, you're thinking of Richard Dawkins.

      jlushaba - 2012-11-16 12:24

      @Charles... E-tv pastor Chris, Soweto tv Mboro

      nobuhle.tshangana - 2012-11-16 15:19

      Hahaha #death @ 'his greasy hair'.

  • okrouwkam - 2012-11-16 12:17

    Are these the same housewifes that said the harry potter books are satanic?

  • jlushaba - 2012-11-16 12:17

    Dear Mr John, COO of Big Concerts. Sir, can u please give those protesters FREE tickets to the concert.....

  • kelly.dini - 2012-11-16 12:17

    Damn hippies should be at work! :-P

  • robert.laine.353 - 2012-11-16 12:17

    Whatever man!

  • fef.gericke - 2012-11-16 12:18

    I have always thought that protests like these just shows how ignorant the religious zealots really are.If one popstar are such a huge danger to your faith,how strong can your faith really be?Can one song really turn a christian child into a satanist?Because if thats true then theres no hope for them anyway!

  • dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-11-16 12:18

    Lady Gaga is 4king awesome! She is actually a very sweet girl. I love her freakishness it keeps things fun and interesting. She has great stage personality and is a great performer. I absolutely dig her music! And I'm not a satanist just to make myself clear.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-16 12:21

      I don't know hey, Dewaldt, sounds like you could fall any minute now. Do you know a guy called Wesley?

      dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-11-16 13:07

      Charles dumbwin good for you that you are a homofobe, but I'm not! I have many lesbian friends and they are gorgeous. I'm straight btw. Leave gays out off this. It is Wesley's right to be gay. I'm a freak myself I love heavy metal like korn, ACDC, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Ramstein etc. And I'm not Satanic I don't drink blood or slaughter cats or whatever.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 13:22

      Thank you for being a decent human being Dewaldt :)

  • okrouwkam - 2012-11-16 12:19

    Is hierdie dieselfde huisvrouens wat gese het dat die Harry Potter boeke duiwels was, asb tannies spandeer julle tyd op goed wat belangrik is. Protest eerder oor die behoefte aan beter onderrig in ons land.

  • jigg.head - 2012-11-16 12:20

    Has anyone noticed how it's only ugly women who are protesting here. It seem like the same for those who protest against porn and strip clubs, it's only the ones no-one wants to see naked that object. I'm a Christian and I like some of her music, I think she's a crackpot but I do enjoy some of her music. No issues with my faith as a result.

  • oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-11-16 12:21

    Have you seen the faces of these monsters that are picketing?

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-16 12:25

    Haha! These protesters are even more pathetic than Gaga's music. Bunch of old hags remind me of those "Lips that touch liquor shall not touch ours!" pro-prohibition hags.. Hahaha!

      ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-16 12:31

      But seriously though... Hate her music, but I hate these people more for believing they can dictate what others can listen to and to what morals they must adhere to... Same presumptuous morons that keeps ranting on about the "word of god" then go "I think what god MEANT TO SAY was..." just to keep with times so that they don't look the bigot, sexist or insane.

  • ocalder - 2012-11-16 12:26

    Man oh Man, all this fuss - even Elvis Presley was a tool of Satan - according to those puritans of the day - the way he swayed those hips was going to have youngsters fornicating like mad rabbits all over the world - what a load of bollocks! Now I wonder how many of those protesters are Elvis fans?? People are people, born in sin, and will look for any excuse to get their rocks off. Lady Gaga is not going to increase the intake into hell - man made religion with its man made traditions is doing that quite well on it's own. If you believe that you are "Christ - like" then take a leaf out of his book - in his sermon on the Mount he said: that true followers of his cannot make judgmental, condemning, and hateful statements about another person. Peace to you........

  • Daniel - 2012-11-16 12:27

    I am not a huge Gaga fanatic, but these people are idiots. She is still a superstar and people want to see her talents, so pack up your little army of 30 and buzz off...

  • trevor.jooste - 2012-11-16 12:28

    30 people feel they have the right to stop the rest if you dont like her dont buy a ticket

  • nino.diana.12 - 2012-11-16 12:29

    Rent a crowd strikes again .....

  • sanele.sibiya.902 - 2012-11-16 12:29

    This is hilarous!!! There are more important issues that go on in south africa! Children are starving, people are being raped, people live is skwattas and have poor living because they have no jobs! Should the church be focusing on helping the people! Is that not what you teach your kids and your followers?? So in my understanding you teach them to critise and judge people for who they are. Ok! Gaga has done nothing but make music, dance, donate, cry, care for her countries politics and look after her fan base! She has many haters yet she she just brushes them aside! (P.S its weird that you call her Satanic yet before and after every show she thanks Jesus and God and she mentions that she's a proud Catholic in every concert I've seen whether youtube clip or DVD). I doubt jesus would do what you guys are doing right now! People are afriad of what they don't know and in this case you're just not used to the non-stereotypical music that she does! She sings of social equality and accepting yourself! And not \I want sex and get drunk\ The Church should be working hard on helping this country to be better and if you are so afraid of satanists than shouldn't you deal with the ones here instead of dealing with \Mother Monster\ because when she leaves they're still around... Will you still protest then? When she leaves the country is still poverty striken! As far as I know the bible disaproves of people judging... So technically all of you are sinning :) Thank you

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-11-16 14:42

      Well done Sanele! You are exactly right. Tolerate! And do good!

  • spencer.kruger - 2012-11-16 12:29

    The power of personal choice and preference is evident in both the protesters actions and the responses contained in this chain. Say what you will though, rather have this freedom to exercise your will than not at all. Personally ambivalent on Gaga and evangelical religion both represent fringe ends of the spectrum, neither of which I choose to support.

  • anndonne.strydom - 2012-11-16 12:30

    I can't imagine Jesus standing around Big Concerts doors in an attempt to boycott a (perhaps rather, controversial) performer because he thinks she's a satanist. Somehow, I think he'd go about it differently. What use is it the people can't go to the concert but they blast her music loudly anyway? All that these DUMB "Christians" are achieving is to create a hatred toward the faith, what it stands for and affirming a greater love for Lady Gaga in her fans than they will EVER have for God (at this rate). If they really stand for the Bible, they will do what it says - be fishers of men - not go out and make yourselves look like lunatics by acting like obsessed haters!

  • grant.logan.94 - 2012-11-16 12:32

    Living together without being married is also a sin. I think I should protest against that.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 12:44

      So is eating shellfish, and touching a woman when she is menstruating...

  • angela.monaghansandells - 2012-11-16 12:34

    I think she's a brilliant marketer. But to each their own. If you don't like ot don't go and don't buy her records. I'm not a Christian but you don't see me picketing outside St. Joseph's on a Sunday. Live and let live.

      timothy.jenkin - 2012-11-16 12:46

      Most laws in our society were stemmed from Christian law. Christianity brings out good thus the reason these laws were put in place. Lady GaGa and a large part of American entertainment bring about Evil. I would stand against Evil and for good anyday. Americans seek to dominate but any means necessary, it's sick and the saddest thing is we still support them.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 13:24

      REally? Like the laws that used to say that hethens and heretics can be burned alive, or tortured until they denounce their evil? Please man, the greatest evils on earth have been because of xtianity and religion in general.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-11-16 12:34

    You are actually giving her more publicity! IDIOTS

  • annette.matthyser - 2012-11-16 12:36

    Why is it if you stand up for something you believe in you get criticized ! Its a free country and if they feel they need to say something let them. Us voicing our opinions here are just like them

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-16 12:45

      You are right. They are allowed to protest, just like it is my right to mock them for being so stupid.

  • Thermophage - 2012-11-16 12:36

    Gaga sucks big time, but these people need to get a 4king life man :S Please you closed minded religious types... /sigh

  • Almarula - 2012-11-16 12:37

    I were her I'd be happy. Free publicity :D I don't see how satanism can rise after she comes because it would have risen from the moment she released all her videos. Btw she CLAIMS to be a Christian. I respect them for standing up in what they believe in but still I WILL go and see her .( coming from a Christian) Her music HAS NOT affected my relationship with God in ANY way.