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Arts and Culture to sue R Kelly

The dept paid R2.5 million for Kelly to perform, but were shocked when he returned home.

FILE: R&B R Kelly performing at the Orlando Stadium on 8 August 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Arts and Culture says it plans to take legal action against American singer R Kelly's management after claiming they were unaware he was scheduled to perform at Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day on Saturday.

The department's Sibusiso Xaba said they paid Kelly R 2.5 million to perform, but were surprised when the singer returned home to America on Wednesday.

He said a contract with Kelly's management and the department had been signed.

"We were also furnished with an agreement from the managers of R Kelly that he is going to be performing here. But it would appear that his management claims he doesn't know about this. So we are taking legal issue with his management.

However, Kelly claims he didn't receive any funds and was not aware he was expected to perform on Saturday.

The singer performed to thousands of people at Orlando stadium in Soweto in the first leg of his Single Ladies tour on 8 August.

Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day will celebrate the global icon's legacy.

The Springboks and Bafana Bafana will play at the same venue on the same day for the first time in celebration of Nelson Mandela Sports Day.

Proceedings will kick off with a match between Bafana and Burkina Faso, closely followed by the Boks vs Argentina.

All proceeds will go to the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.