City, Tribe One organisers play blame game

PRETORIA – The City of Tshwane and organisers for the Tribe One Dinokeng Festival on Thursday accused each other of being responsible for the fiasco surrounding the event.

R65 million of taxpayers’ money was used for the event, including a R10 million deposit for US rapper Nicki Minaj to perform at the festival.

Nicki Minaj

The concert was meant to take place this coming weekend.

A high court ruling this morning found the matter wasn’t urgent.

The two parties will now, through arbitration, try and sort out how to handle the financial implications.

Organisers say the contract with the City of Tshwane was cancelled and the council wasn’t willing to reconsider.

Festival spokesperson Derrick Kaufmann blamed the city.

“The applicants tried to remove the matter from the role in an attempt to avoid having to answer certain allegations in the [news]papers.”

But the council’s Selby Bokaba blamed the organisers for filing their responding papers too late.

“It wouldn’t have gone ahead because these guys have cancelled their contract with the artist. They are in charge of the artists, we are not in charge.”

Tribe One organisers believe this bill could increase when artists start suing for damages.

(Edited by Victoria Campbell-Gillies)