The ACDP said the “vainly self-named Thank You SABC concert, aimed at thanking itself, was a massive flop, a waste of public money, and demands investigating”.
The Thank You SABC Music Concert, which was held at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on 10 September, was a huge failure.
The organizers of the event were hoping to fill the 40,000 venue to capacity, but it failed miserably in its attempt.
Even the concert organizer Mzwakhe Mbuli’s promise of incentives like free gifts and T-shirts did not help to save the day.
While the SABC tried to put a positive spin on the event, the ACDP, EFF, and other commentators criticized the failed concert.
“SABC’s vainly self-named #ThankYouSABC concert, aimed @ thanking itself, is a massive flop & waste of public money. It demands investigating,” the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) said.
“We demand an investigation into the SABC’s wasteful, 95% empty #ThankYouSABC concert. Those responsible should #PayBackTheMoney,” the party added.
“Even the COPE manifesto launch pulled better numbers than #ThankYouSABC concert,” said one Twitter user.
“#ThankYouSABC is another example of how fruitless and wasteful expenditure is sanctioned by a government led by illiterate fools and pigs,” said another.
Kak swak my bru: Jack Parow
Jack Parow apologized to his fans, saying they could not get on stage to play, and after “more than an hour of trying we left”.
“No one knew what was going on and made us feel so uncomfortable and unwelcome, and basically like we shouldn’t be there,” he said.
“We came all the way and trusted your word after everyone else pulled out, and you begged us to still come,” said Parow.
“We are thankful for all you do for local music #SABC , but come on. Kak swak my bru.”