The Sowetan reported on Friday that the organizer’s decision was inspired by their stand against gender-based violence.
The publication reports that CEO Gugu Nyarenda also indicated that they have also written to the musician’s management to inform them about the cancellation of Sjava’s performance.
“In the event of the widely publicised allegations of rape charges being brought against the artist, Sjava, by Lady Zamar as alleged in national newspapers and television stations across the country and beyond, Mzimari Productions is obliged to issue an intent to cancel his performance at our event because of the seriousness of the allegations attached to the accusations.
“These allegations impede against our company objections which amongst others is to develop the girl-child educationally, socially, emotionally and it also espouses to protect them against perpetrators of the much avowed “blesser-blessee” relationships that have destroyed the future livelihoods of young women across the country and beyond,” said Nyarenda as quoted by the publication.
According to Sowetan, Gugu Nyarenda said Mzimari Production did not seek to act as judges on the allegations leveled against Sjava.
“It is on those grounds that we, as a company, in association with MER, that we are not acting judgmentally on this matter pertaining the allegations leveled against artist, but we’re allowing justice to take its course, a matter which may take long beyond the scheduled performance, which is 18 April 2020, whereby, Sjava could absolve himself.”
Apparently, in a statement seen by the paper, the organizers of Miss Mpumalanga are also requesting a refund from Sjava management.
This is the third blow for Sjava in one week after the Cape Town International Jazz Festival also pulled the plug on his performance, including MultiChoice canceling his performance at the DStv Viewers’ Choice awards, both as a nominee and a performer.