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BDS plans to boycott Pharrell's JHB concert

The organisation has criticised the musician for partnering with retailer Woolworths.

FILE: Dozens of Pro-Palestinian protesters are outside GrandWest Casino ahead of Grammy winning artist Pharrell Williams' performance there on Monday. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Pro-Palestinian group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) South Africa says it may hold another demonstration at Pharrell Williams's concert in Johannesburg.

About 2,000 people protested outside GrandWest Casino where Williams performed as a guest of retailer Woolworths last night.

BDS has criticised Williams for partnering with Woolworths, which has been slated for its trade ties with Israel.

BDS South Africa says it's protest at Pharrell's Cape Town concert last night was a success, despite getting a fraction of the expected turnout. They had hoped for 16,000 people.

BDS Spokesperson Kwara Kekana says they now have their sights on Pharrell's gig in Johannesburg on Thursday.

"We are currently in conversation with our partner organisations in Gauteng in so far as how we proceed with the Pharrell concert in Johannesburg."

BDS has been criticising Woolworths for its trade ties with Israel, but the retailer has also been named South Africa's most reputable company in the latest RepTrak survey.