Due to a security threat that occurred this past Saturday night, Berita was unable to complete her set at the Kwanokuthula Stadium in Plettenberg Bay, this according to a statement released by her management.
According to Vth Season, "two songs into Berita’s performance, a man with a machete made his way on stage and started cutting sound cables before proceeding to follow Berita with the knife. Berita and her manager, Ninel Musson, who was with her at the time, both managed to escape unharmed."
Despite the shocking turn of events, Berita reportedly wanted to go back and complete her set so as not to disappoint the thousands of fans in attendance, but was told it was not safe to do so.
"It was one of the scariest incidents I have experienced at a show. I was with Berita and we are both grateful to have escaped alive and unharmed. We regret that Berita was unable to complete her set as the crowd in attendance were extremely excited to see her perform and many travelled from far to witness the African Jewel live,” expressed Ninel Musson, Director at Vth Season in a statement.
Berita has a special connection to the Eastern Cape, as it is the province that birthed her career and is therefore disappointed that she could not perform songs for her latest album for her fans from the province as well as the Western Cape.
Berita and Vth Season would like to extend their apologies to the excited 2000 fans that come out to see Berita perform, where she was the headliner and only performing act on the line-up. Her management has confirmed that she is making plans to return to both provinces to perform soon.
Previous communication by Berita on social media indicated that the man had been arrested, but it is unfortunately not the case and he is still at large. It is alleged that the man was seemingly deranged.
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