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TribeOne Festival: Matter struck from court roll

The City of Tshwane brought an application relating to the cancelled multimillion rand festival.

The City of Tshwane brought an application relating to the cancelled multimillion rand festival.

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria has struck from the roll an urgent application brought by the City of Tshwane relating to the multimillion rand TribeOne Festival which has been cancelled.

The event organisers say the site where the three-day festival was supposed to be staged in Cullinan outside Pretoria was not ready.

The city spent R40 million on the debacle.

Lawyer Derrick Kauffman, who's representing music label Sony, says this is a great victory.

"Today we were vindicated. The judge struck the matter from the roll by ruling there was no urgency for the application to be heard."

He added that the judge ruled costs were reserved which means in the two parties will return in a fortnight and argue who will bear the costs of the application.

MAYOR BLAMED ORGANISERS

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says they took the organisers to court to ensure the city's reputation is not dragged through the mud.

"The only reason we went to court was to protect ourselves. It's a reputation issue. The face of the concert might be TribeOne, but it's the ultimately the City of Tshwane."

He said that plans are being put into place for the concert to take place at a later date.

The mayor denied that the city failed to properly build the necessary infrastructure for the festival and has blamed organisers for failing to sell enough tickets.

City officials remain adamant that the venue is ready, but organisers, Sony Entertainment and TribeOne, says its assessment showed it was not safe for the three-day event.

The festival, which would have seen performances by 130 local and international artists, including Nicki Minaj and J Cole, was cancelled last week after Sony Music Entertainment Africa pulled out.

TICKET ISSUE

Ramokgopa says organisers estimated that 100,000 people would attend, but only about 3,000 tickets were sold by the third month.

He says the organisers themselves approved the venue.

"We received a presentation from the organisers themselves, not from our team, which confirmed that they were satisfied and also to share with us how far they were with regard to the sales of the tickets."

An estimated R65 million has been spent for the cancelled event, but Ramokgopa says plans are being put in place for it to go ahead sometime soon.

"The case with regard to a concert of this magnitude in this area remains pending. We are proceeding with it. We are not proceeding with it this week, whether it's with the same outfit or not, we are going to proceed."