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TribeOne festival case postponed

The festival was scheduled to take place in Cullinan outside Pretoria this weekend.

The three-day TribeOne Dinokeng Festival would have seen performances by 130 local and international artists, including Nicki Minaj and J. Cole. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Court proceedings on the cancelled TribeOne Dinokeng Festival have been postponed until Thursday to give the City of Tshwane time to file a response to papers filed by the organisers.

The matter was heard in the High Court in Pretoria earlier this afternoon.

The festival was supposed to take place in Cullinan outside Pretoria this weekend.

The city of Tshwane is taking the organisers of the event to court, in a bid to force them to go ahead with the three day event, insisting it met all its obligations.

The organisers cancelled the three-day festival last week, which would have seen performances by 130 local and international artists, including Nicki Minaj and J. Cole.

Organisers say the infrastructure at the event was not adequate but the city has disputed this.

Questions are now being raised about the R65 million the city paid, including a non-refundable R10 million for Minaj.

The city previously revealed it had spent R40 million on infrastructure upgrades at the venue, an empty plot in Cullinan outside of Pretoria.

Derrick Kaufmann, spokesperson for TribeOne says they've assessed the venue and have found that it is not safe for such an event.

"We as TribeOne felt that the site wasn't ready. It wasn't safe or secure and we couldn't in good conscience allow the festival to go ahead."

The city has declined to comment, saying the matter is sub judice.