Votathon turns into a no-show gig

Lerato Kganyago
Image: Veli Nhlapo.

What was supposed to be a hot votathon party for Lerato Kganyago on Friday night to garner last minute votes ahead of the SA Film and Television Awards (Saftas) turned into a damp squib.

The event was held at the popular Elements cocktail bar and restaurant in Rustenburg, North West.

A promotional poster by the joint boasted the likes of actors Mandla Gaduka, Linda Sebezo, Sphamandla Dhludhlu and Warren Masemola as among the celebs who were going to grace the occasion but none of them showed up.

According to the owner of Elements, Teboho Twala, there was some "misunderstandings" that led to the poster being posted on social media, only to be taken down again.

Twala said none of the artists had confirmed their attendance due to "issues they had with the Saftas".

"The personalities that we were in direct liaison with had initially confirmed attendance, only for issues to pop up and they expressed their apprehensions at coming. This was after the poster had already been put up on social media. But when these issues came up, we immediately took it down."

Sebezo said that she was on her way from Joburg when she was informed that the gig was cancelled.

"The message read that it was cancelled because of technical issues, or something like that. I was already on my way from Joburg and this event was the main reason I was going to Rustenburg on a Thursday.

"Otherwise I was going to make my way to the Saftas on Friday or Saturday. So they cancelled on me," she said.

Gaduka said that he had told the organiser that he had a prior commitment.

Kganyago said: "I was booked for a performance way before time. So I just got there and did my job. I only came with my manager."