Amanda Black was left shaken and traumatized after being threatened with a gun at the Mapungubwe Jazz Festival on Saturday night.
Amanda and her entourage were scheduled to perform at the festival which took place at the Polokwane Cricket Club, but couldn’t due to the incident.
According to Amanda, her performance could not happen because she and her crew were chased off stage with a gun as she was about to start her set.
“We were literally chased off stage, and this guy followed us to the car and smacked one of my band members and threatened us with a gun for taking a video of him,” Amanda tweeted.
Amanda claims that the drama was caused by a mix up in time-slots for artists set to perform.
She said that she and her band got onto stage at the allocated time but before they could perform, they were told to leave the stage immediately because the organizers wanted to put someone else on stage.
A man then came onto stage and, according to Amanda, swore at her and the band, told them to get off the stage and said that they would “never perform again”.
This is the same man who then allegedly pulled out a gun and threatened the artists.
“I’ve truly never been so scared in my life. The reason I posted was because you guys never see what happens backstage,” said Amanda.
Amanda and her crew went to report the matter at the Polokwane SAPS.
In the meantime, the festival’s organisers said they had apologised to Amanda for the trauma she experienced and promised to investigate the matter fully.
“We are aware of the claims and we have no reason to dispute her claims or think they are frivolous. We are treating the incident as serious and urgent and will meet on Monday with security and festival personnel to establish what had happened. As there are claims of a gun being pulled on her, we will involve law enforcement,” said the festival’s spokesperson Moloko Moloto.
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