Reporter: Fans 'dying to see' Linkin Park

2012-11-08 09:55
Cape Town - eNCA and sports reporter Lance Witten has apologised for an insensitive tweet following the death of a Linkin Park concertgoer in Cape Town.

One person died and 19 people were injured outside the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday after an advertising board and scaffolding collapsed due to high winds.

At approximately 03:00 on Thursday Witten posted the following update to his Twitter page

The tweet has since been deleted from his Twitter page, on which Witten describes himself thus: "I make TV happen on ".

Witten received much criticism from followers after posting the tweet, but he insisted that although the incident was "awful", others would have made the same joke.

The sports reporter seemed to think his tweet was funny as he believed comedians would be using it as material in the future. He later posted the following update, which was also deleted:

At approximately 08:30 on Thursday morning Witten eventually apologised for his tweet.

The SA Police Service on Thursday confirmed that Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela has been suspended three weeks after making a controversial reference to prison rape on Twitter, following the murder conviction of hip-hop artist Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye.

Linkin Park have themselves expressed their "heartfelt condolences" to the family of the fan who lost her life outside the stadium and shared their "deep sadness and concern for those injured."

Big Concerts have also released a statement saying the incident was "regrettable" and expressed their "deepest sympathies and condolences to the injured persons and in particular the family of the fan who tragically passed away."

Linkin Park will next perform in Johannesburg at the FNB Stadium, Soccer City Complex, on 10 November.


  • UncleShep - 2012-11-08 10:20

    ...shut yo brain...tweet.....then apologize.....then suspension with full pay...

      robbie.crouch - 2012-11-08 13:50

      Lekka holliday!

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-11-08 15:23

      It too late to apologize , it too late

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-11-08 10:24

    Lighten up folks. Why do people always get so uptight?

      nicholas.graan - 2012-11-08 10:36

      Yeah dude chill ...tell that to the family of the girl who died!

      ryan.mcmaster.33 - 2012-11-08 13:40

      Uptight Christopher????Would you be 'laid back' if your daughter was crushed to death in front of thousands of people!!!!!???????

      robbie.crouch - 2012-11-08 13:57

      If he had commented this to a few people in a bank que no one would have been the wiser. Definitely insensitive but people often are when it does not affect them directly. If he makes a sincere apology then what is the big deal?

  • conrad.koorsten - 2012-11-08 10:30

    This insensitive twat needs to be simple as that.if you have no respect for another human life then u need to be u disciplined

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-11-08 10:49

      Sacked... for being insensitive during his personal time? Maybe... I'd rather just give him a P.K.

      napolita.kio - 2012-11-08 10:52

      Conrad, Suppose this man did not have a job (in which case he could not be sacked), then what would you suggest be the "appropriate" punishment? And who would be meting out the punishment? Sad as the death of the person at the concert; we must admit/accept that some people will always make light of such unfortunate incidences. I recall how aghast I was when reading comments about the death of people at/in Marikana. Some comments called the deceased "things"! After all said and done, technology like tweeter only help to bring our true selves; and I love it (technology) for that.

      robbie.crouch - 2012-11-08 13:44

      What he said was insensitive but at the same time the right to free speech should be upheld. Apology accepted. Free speech is part of the whole freedom package and once one right is eroded the rest rapidly follow.

      conrad.koorsten - 2012-11-08 15:33

      napolita.kio ...suppose the heavens fell then we would all have blue hats..Its not about supposes or what ifs..Fact is this guy is a public figure reporting for the countries biggest news channel..and when and if he tweets its not classified as his own views but that of the news firm he WORKS for.POINT! Just put yourself in the position of the family and friends of that poor girl..would your response still be..Oh but he appologised so alls well that ends well?

  • stuart.mackinnon.14 - 2012-11-08 10:40

    I'm confused, is this relevant to the article? The SA Police Service on Thursday confirmed that Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela has been suspended three weeks after making a controversial reference to prison rape on Twitter, following the murder conviction of hip-hop artist Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye.

      UncleShep - 2012-11-08 10:46

      Dweebs in the limelight seem to shut their brain b4 tweetin, then apologize, and then next you read some crap like they been suspended.....

      lydonmcg - 2012-11-08 11:21

      Yes it is. The article is about a reporter making an insensitive remark on twitter during his personal time. That paragraph references another case of an employee doing the same thing and being suspended because of it...

  • herman.lategan.3 - 2012-11-08 10:42

    A person died at that concert. Er ... what's so funny about that? My heart goes out to the dead person's family and friends. I'm sure that they would not have appreciated that tweet.

  • bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-11-08 10:44

    Some pillocks just should not have cellphones or be allowed to twit and then state on behalf of Trevor Noah that he will use it as a joke on stage shows no repentance what so ever and insults Trevor.

      bergie.sean - 2012-11-08 10:51

      Exactly, am sure Trevor Noah would be more original anyway. The joke is so lame and cliche'd anyway. Poor taste and dumb move.

  • Jacques - 2012-11-08 10:46

    Shows you what a bunch of quacks report for etv, retard

      napolita.kio - 2012-11-08 11:16

      Really now..! What would you say of your typical news24 'forumite'? What he wrote is no different from what's been written by 90% of people on this site. Yet the same people are the ones passing judgement on others of the very same things they too do. Amazing how pedantically pathetic some people are!

      morne.linden - 2012-11-08 11:35

      Really now? Is the whole of etv now to blame for one person's mistake? Do you have something against etv or are you yourself a quack?

      Jacques - 2012-11-08 11:39

      What should I do? I try to be tactul, (eg, NOT make jokes about people dying) then see an article where someone in the media, with a large audience does something stupid... Should I now say 'hmm somewhere on N24 there are trolls, thus I have no right to view my opinion?'. Smh.

  • cameron.macfarlane.12 - 2012-11-08 10:46

    Suspend him!

  • - 2012-11-08 10:47

    Drinking and tweeting, no excuse, you insensitive fool!!

  • david.leite - 2012-11-08 10:50

    Oh god, wtf, will have to stay at home today to save my self from the embarrassment of stupidity that comes with being from South Africa,Idiots in charge cause innocent to die, concert goes on? No apology from lucozade? Linken Pak for carrying on playing? Big concerts apologies's like it was something that just happens in life, and then you get idiots like Lance Witten tweeting that Linkin Park is so awesome people are just dying to see them, I am appalled!!!

  • charlene.patel.7 - 2012-11-08 10:54

    bad taste...

  • Khomotso - 2012-11-08 10:55

    If i had tweeted that, would anyone have cared?

      merven.halo - 2012-11-08 13:24

      Lol, good comeback Inhlanzi!

  • Andrew - 2012-11-08 10:55

    How sincere is your apology?

      napolita.kio - 2012-11-08 11:06

      How would you know if it was or not?

      jason.dutoit - 2012-11-09 07:00

      um, maybe how he defended the original tweet twice before apologising. smells like he was read the riot act and told to apologise...

  • washington.nherudzo - 2012-11-08 11:09

    you such a prick witten put yoself in that situation , think its funny bt its not

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-08 11:14


  • pj.veldsman - 2012-11-08 11:27

    This is totally unacceptable. I hate Linkin Park the show should have been cancelled. Idiots who dont have any remorse towards society.

      merven.halo - 2012-11-08 13:25

      Dude, did you ever read the article?

  • vaughan.pankhurst - 2012-11-08 11:28

    Good Bye Lance - You are an arrogant fool. You are not a fit person for the job you hold.

      merven.halo - 2012-11-08 13:25

      "You are not a fit person for the job you hold." It is called AA.

  • morne.linden - 2012-11-08 11:42

    I'm not impressed with the comment made. It was in poor taste. Maybe comedy is not his thing. But to call for his head is a bit too much. He has learned the hard way.

  • andre.walters.969 - 2012-11-08 11:48

    What a Moron, insensitive fool

  • EdenIweiss - 2012-11-08 13:44

    Merven, It's tenses, not plurals. Stick to cooking.

      robbie.crouch - 2012-11-08 13:58

      Too many tenses and tenseness around here...

  • fiona.j.cupido - 2012-11-08 16:30

    I'm sorry, I heard it on the news and thought it was funny. I had to google it. The reality is that this was a tragedy, and with an tragedy people makes jokes, which in my opinion is to come to terms with it. There are jokes about the holocaust, jokes about Princess Diana and pretty much jokes about anything. The fact though is that it does get us talking, so I say joke away!!

  • fiona.j.cupido - 2012-11-08 16:40

    One more thing.. If they had cancelled the concert, everyone would be worried about how they'd get their money back, and not about the girl who died or the tweet from Lance!

  • bev.armstrong.372 - 2012-11-08 20:36

    So why does News24 deem it necessary to repeat the tweets? They are just as insensitive!

  • mariska.stephens - 2012-11-09 05:34

    Maybe a case of drinking-and-tweeting?? Always a bad idea...

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