TRIBE ONE FESTIVAL: Court case underway

2014-09-25 14:00


Organisers of the cancelled Tribe One Festival and the City of Tshwane will be putting the matter before the Pretoria High Court today.

The matter was postponed on Monday as the city asked for more time to review papers filed by the organisers.

Tshwane's executive mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, told EWN that the reason they're taking the matter to court is because they don't want the city's reputation to be dragged through the mud.

"The only reason we went to court was to protect ourselves. It's a reputation issue. The face of the concert might be TribeOne, but it's the ultimately the City of Tshwane."

The mayor also denied that the city failed to live up to it's promises and that the venue was not ready on time. The city remains firm that organisers were to blame for not selling enough tickets.

He also set the record straight on the R10 million deposit paid to Nicki Minaj. "I read in the media that R10 million was paid to Nicki Minaj which is non-refundable. Let me correct that, there’s a contract between the city and our partners Sony which makes provision very clearly in the contract that if they fail to deliver, the money will be retrieved," explained Kgosientso. 

The mayor also assured tax payers' that no money was lost due to the festival being canned.  They city is hopeful that they will be able to recoup the R65 million back.

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