Nathi Mthethwa booed off stage at CT Jazz festival

Arts and Culture Minister’s speech was interrupted by loud jeering during last night’s event.

A screengrab picture showing Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival as he was being booed off stage on 2 April 2016. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has been booed off stage at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Mthethwa's speech was interrupted by loud jeering during last night's event.

His department is one of the official sponsors of the festival, which attracts at least 37,000 people over two days.

During a performance by local duo Mafikizolo, Mthethwa was introduced but booed as soon as his name was mentioned.

The minister barely managed a few sentences before the crowd forced him off stage with their heckling and lewd gestures.

One of the singers then tried to revive the earlier good vibe, by chanting "Racism Must Fall".

On Friday, just minutes after President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation on the Constitutional Court's Nkandla judgment, the minister was seen among a crowd at a performance by Malian group Amadou and Mariam.