South Africa: Annual festival discontinued after man’s violent death

23 October 2018
A South African festival aiming to 'unify the city through the love of music' has been discontinued after a man was shot dead on the dance floor.
Photo: Junior Pieterse Facebook


A man was shot dead on the dance floor at iPotsoyi Spring Festival in Cape Town on 20 October 2018, leading festival organisers to call it quits on the annual hip hop event that has become “more susceptible to the issues of the city itself”.

“iPotsoyi is not iPotsoyi if it is costing lives,” the festival said in a press release.

“It is unfortunate that after yesterday’s turn of events our vision has been lost; a vision which seeks to bring people together peacefully through the love of music.

“With heavy hearts we have taken the decision to discontinue this event series.”

The deceased man has been named as 21-year-old Junior Pieterse in local media Daily Voice. He was reportedly shot in the head while dancing at about 11pm. The festival was quickly shut down, before headline acts AKA and A-Reece could take the stage.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana told Daily Voice the man’s death is being investigated as a homicide and there have not been any arrests yet.

Friends and family have paid tribute to Junior Pieterse on social media.

“We had good times together and lots of memories my brother, ill treasure our moments everyday and for that ill always love you Junior Godfrey Pieterse Brotherhood….” Riedewaan Stoffels said on Facebook.

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